Thursday, April 17, 2008

Calcutta Visual Arts Residence


You need to be more than a Bengali poet to put Calcutta into words. This residency with dancers, Tess de Quincey and Santanu Bose was an exploration only of the tip of an iceberg. Iceberg is not a metaphor to use for Calcutta. I am trying to extract high resolution, progressive motion jpeg videos into slow moving graphic energies and cryptic combinations of chaos. An expression of the impossibility of framing in a complex urban environment. We did 2 performances with dance and video at Uma Gallery to audiences of about 40 per night. With some positive responses we passed through unscathed, a mere blip on a fizzling Calcutta radar.

(getting around in Cal)