HOLOSCENES is a large-scale public performance — as well as a series of multi-platform artworks encompassing video, photography and print — that is a visceral, visual, and public collision of the human body and water, born from the concern that our troubled relationship to water will become the central issue of the 21st century.
Sited in public space, HOLOSCENES features a totemic aquarium-like sculpture filled and drained by a custom hydraulic system, capable of flooding the aquarium with twelve tons of water in as little as 45 seconds. Viewable by audience from 360 degrees, the flooding aquarium is inhabited by a rotating cast of performers conducting everyday behaviors — e.g. selling fruit, getting dressed, reading a paper, tuning a guitar — sourced from collaborators across the planet. The changing water level within the tank is driven by streams of environmental data.
HOLOSCENES weaves the unraveling story of water — the rising seas, melting glaciers, intensifying floods and droughts — into the patterns of the everyday. The ebb and flow of water and resulting transfiguration of human behavior offers an elemental portrait of our collective myopia, persistence, and, for both better and worse, adaptation.
The performance currently features four performers, expanding to eight by fall 2015, featuring primarily NYC-based artists. In Toronto, the ensemble presented choreographies of seven everyday behaviors, in shifts lasting 45 to 90 minutes each, with the long-term goal of expanding the repertoire of behaviors to 24 total. Sound and lighting play important roles, and are tailored to each site. A submerged hydrophone and microphone provide aural access to the aquarium interior, broadcasting to the surrounding audience.
HOLOSCENES premiered at Toronto Nuit Blanche with a 12-hour overnight performance, though run times are variable and tailored to each site, with upcoming performances running 8 hours daily for 4 days, and a 72-hour continuous presentation spanning an entire weekend.
Art Basel - December 2015
Ringling Museum - March 2015
Toronto Nuit Blanche Festival - October 2014
EMPAC Residency - 2014
UCLA Center for the Art of Performance Residency - 2013
HOLOSCENES is co-commissioned by the John & Mable Ringling Museum of Art and Yerba Buena Center for the Arts.
HOLOSCENES has received generous support from the Surdna Foundation, The Robert Rauschenberg Foundation, The National Endowment for the Arts, The MAP Fund (a program of Creative Capital supported by the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation and the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation), Awesome Without Borders, the Panta Rhea Foundation, the New York State Council on the Arts with support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature, and many individual donors.
Additional research and critical residency support has been provided by Scotiabank Nuit Blanche (Toronto), the Experimental Media Performing Arts Center (EMPAC) (Troy, NY), and the Center for the Art of Performance (CAP) UCLA (Los Angeles, CA).
Created and Directed by Lars Jan
Choreographed by Geoff Sobelle
Performed by Benjamin Kamino, Annie Saunders, Lua Shayenne, and Geoff Sobelle
Show Control and Co-Lighting Design by Pablo N. Molina
Sound Design by Nathan Ruyle
Costume Design by Irina Kruzhilina
Co-Lighting Design by Chris Kuhl
Technical Direction by Eric Lin
Hydraulic Design by Larry McDonald
Automation Design by Erich Bolton