Visit the main project site here. Expanded Cities is a new media light and space installation that spans 3 cities simultaneously. A collaboration between London-based, video, performance and light installation artist, Ela Boyd, a Los Angeles-based abstract light photographer Aaron Farley. Expanded Cities opens on October 3rd triangulating between Sediment Arts in Richmond, Virginia, Curio Studio in Los Angeles, California and Mexicali Rose in Mexicali, Mexico.
Expanded Cities is an expansion of Boyd’s Expanded Screen installation at the Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego during the Pacific Standard Time Light and Space retrospective, Light, Space and Surface, 2011. With Expanded Cities, Boyd and Farley have evolved the Light & Space genre to it’s next generation, Light, Space and Time. This new genre continues the phenomenological conversations surrounding spatial and embodied visual perception of the founding Light and Space artists whilst putting into practice theories of temporality and issues of representation with the use digital technology that has become available post Mid-century Phenomenology and 1960s Light & Space movement. Adding this layer of temporality and image presence as experienced through media across multidimensional time and space takes the experience of “seeing oneself seeing” to a new and very relevant level of discourse.
As one enters a color field of light, their silhouette is recorded and beamed into two other galleries. With two translucent opposing screens in each gallery, every screen is dedicated to showcasing footage from a parallel screen in one of the other galleries. The participant experiences the Self as being present across several spaces simultaneously (the three galleries, the project website and ultimately apprehended within the consciousness of the other participants). As each participant becomes a silhouette image upon the translucent scrim, it is unclear within the foggy color field who is physically present and who is present as an image-self. In this screenology modality, space is at once collapsing and expanding via the screen. With a feedback loop constantly recording and projecting into each space- each instance of the Self is echoed in a stromotion/ infinite mirror effect. The notion of the present and presence is continually layering, expanding and re-writing itself.
The project further spatializes time by introducing both live and recorded footage into the unfolding image call and response matrix. Participants not only struggle to locate onself while deciphering the original physical location of the other within in the space, but it is unclear who is present who is past-present.
Expanded Cities’ feedback loop system was designed to accommodate variable programming through-out it’s 1 week experimental pop-up. The installation will include performers such as sound artists, performance artists and dancers enfolded into the framework of the installation.
They are all collaborating and performing together across the network in the three cities simultaneously. Working with performance strategies such as cacophony, layering, delay and call and response. Artists include Suzy Poling, Victoria Keddie (ESP TV NYC), Randy Randall (No Age), Ash Smith (OPP) and Kimbrly, wrestling performance artist. For a full list of performers and event times, please reference the events page.
A landmark project soon to be expanding into Europe and beyond. The project will include live streaming on the project website, a publication with an essay and images captured by the artist’s custom telepresence software and a satellite closing celebration in London, UK.
Expanded Cities opens on Oct 3rd during the Richmond First Fridays artwalk at Sediment Arts with simultaneous performances in Los Angeles and Mexico. The official Los Angeles opening follows on October 4th and Mexicali will host a closing reception on October 10th.
Expanded Cities: Curio Studio, Venice, California performance by Suzy Poling and Ian Miyawaki
Expanded Cities: Mexicali Rose, Mexico. Performance by Ash Smith and Jeremy Rojas