Nesting art forms (1)

For the creation of the event “I Was Born for This” I have been utilizing the conceptual procedure of nesting art forms, by which I establish resonant meanings between elements in two or more preexisting or otherwise independently created works (be it art, drama, music, etc.) in order to connect them powerfully with a new production concept that may be read and embraced in current times.  This collaborative modus operandi has a trigger. In this case, the trigger was a very insightful article by historian Daniel Hobbins on the portrayal of Joan of Arc through film.  His methodology of analyzing films by four “pressure points” revealed the opinions of the film directors on the impact of Joan of Arc.  This led me and collaborating artists Chris Preissing, Gwendolyn Terry, and Charlie Simokaitis, alongside film scholar Don Crafton and Hobbins himself, to adopt the same stance and present an opinion of Joan of Arc through an art installation. The concept of the installation “nests” the film The Passion of Joan of Arc by C.T. Dreyer (1928). The installation then will not be presented in isolation, but rather, as a materialization of the echoes between the   the film The Passion of Joan of Arc by C.T. Dreyer and the oratorio Voices of Light by Richard Einhorn. The latter, by itself, also nests Dreyer’s film and, although a completely self-sufficient work, it is usually presented with it. We hope that the cycle of evocations between film, oratorio and installation will generate its own particular creative impact on the audience. Spectators will be asked to contribute to the installation by writing on it.  More on this in my next post.

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