Archive for the ‘artworks’ Category

maya+rouvelle’s caesura

Monday, February 12th, 2018


The translucence of glass – the ability to see through a solid form, has always interested us. In our previous work with glass we explored sound as another less visible aspect of the medium – but a quality with enormous physical resonance and emotional power. The invisibility of sound waves, their coupling with the physical realities of the objects that create them, and the translucence of glass are, for us, situated at the border of understanding and imagination.

Curated by Benjamin Wright, our new work for Pushing Buttons @ UrbanGlass can be understood as a tableau — a portrait, but a portrait absent of a specific, human subject. Yet the evidence of a presence, the things that would be around a person, or a group of persons, are all there. An absence is perceived in an act of both observation and imagination. This is a kind of transparency of a foundational structure that to us is analogous to glass.

The relationship of Artifice and the natural world is at the center of Caesura. Yet the natural world, represented by replicas, appears authentically only in video on tiny screens. The electronics, glass and other manmade components are presented in various contradictory situations as if the persons who inhabit this world have lost a clear sense of a conflict between organic and inorganic, between reason, and fantasy.

Caesura is not a synthesis, it is an amalgam. The irregular rhythm of the metronome, placed within the tableau at the scale of a monument and covered in a large symmetrical glass bell with a funky handle, suggests that one’s reason is prone to produce mysteries and data in equal measure. Perhaps pitting these aspects against each other is obscuring a perception of the invisible, formative structures of which we are a part, and within which conflict is an illusion.

Full Flickr set/video here.

maya+rouvelle’s transept

Tuesday, November 21st, 2017

“…But heaven is where it always was…”

Footage from Lascaux, the launches of MUOS V, and Saturn V, an abandoned stone dwelling in Matera, Italy, the The Primate Cathedral of Saint Mary of Toledo, Spain, and St. Eustache Rupestrian Devotional Church in Parco Della Murgia, near Matera.

maya + rouvelle’s figure ground (performance)

Thursday, January 12th, 2017

FIGURE GROUND is a movement and media work performed at Eden’s Expressway in SoHo NYC as part of movement research’s Open Performance Series. This video is documentation of its first performance.

The work is based on the Second Tableau (The Sacrifice) of the Joffrey Ballet/Millicent Hodson’s 1987 reconstruction of the “original” Nijinsky choreography/Roerich costume and set design for the 1913 Ballet Russe production of Le Sacre du Printemps.

At the core of this piece is a cyclical dynamic of transitioning figure and ground relationships. Ritual, sacrifice, mystery, earth, the heroic, politics of gender and technology, death and renewal are embodied by the integration, camouflaging, and collision of different musics, times, materials, cultural forms, and media.

Materials: original and found sound and video, paper, string, choreography and dance.

Found Video:
Festa Della Bruna

Les 100 ans du Sacre du Printemps par le théâtre Mariinski

My second best SuperHyperCube run, so far

US soldiers getting manicures

Len Lye’s Tusalava

Found Audio:
Beethoven Op. 132, Budapest Quartet

Stravinsky, Requiem Canticles

Burial, Come Down to Us (Hyperdub 2013)

Ambient music for Len Lye’s Tusalava by Andrew Pask

maya + rouvelle’s figure ground (video)

Wednesday, January 4th, 2017

video projection for maya+rouvelle’s performance as part of movement research’s open performance series.

Video Materials: original and found sound and video.

Found Video:
Festa Della Bruna

Les 100 ans du Sacre du Printemps par le théâtre Mariinski

My second best SuperHyperCube run, so far

US soldiers getting manicures

Len Lye’s Tusalava

Found Audio:
Beethoven Op. 132, Budapest Quartet

Stravinsky, Requiem Canticles

Burial, Come Down to Us (Hyperdub 2013)

Ambient music for Len Lye’s Tusalava by Andrew Pask

maya+rouvelle’s place and borrow

Tuesday, November 1st, 2016

Realized in a re-purposed bank in Detroit, Place and Borrow is an interactive performance work for actor and media. The piece was developed for G. Louise Cooper, who gave the performance and installed the work in the multidisciplinary art space Grand on River as part of MicroMacro Art Biome (catalogue pdf). The video was shot by Remi Slade-Caffarel.

The basic premise of the piece is that somehow, through the process of installing the exhibit, the formerly abandoned bank has woken up to find itself an art space. It channels its dual nature through a head teller/performer and attempts both to continue its business as a bank and performance venue. This is America, 2016.

The media includes bismuth, lead, paper, string, bio-plastic, a wireless, head-mounted camera, projector, and a remote control vehicle.

A detailed description of the piece, script, and other relevant materials can be found here.

Photos of the piece can be found here.

maya + rouvelle: combining them by rules into what becomes

Tuesday, July 19th, 2016

found footage
original text and audio

maya + rouvelle: dwelling

Tuesday, July 19th, 2016

original footage.

maya + rouvelle: “we need you”

Tuesday, July 19th, 2016

video: public domain archival footage
audio: former founding Executive Director and President of Creative Capital

maya + rouvelle: two daiquiris withdrew into a corner

Thursday, June 30th, 2016

Poetry: John Berryman reading (University of Iowa in 1968) Dream Song #16, excerpt, from 77 Dream Songs.

Henry’s pelt was put on sundry walls
where it did much resemble Henry and
them persons was delighted.
Especially his long & glowing tail
by all them was admired, and visitors.
They whistled: This is it!

Golden, whilst your frozen daiquiris
whir at midnight, gleams on you his fur
& silky & black.
Mission accomplished, pal.
My molten yellow & moonless bag,
drained, hangs at rest.

Collect in the cold depths barracuda. Ay,
in Sealdah Station some possessionless
children survive to die.
The Chinese communes hum. Two daiquiris
withdrew into a corner of the gorgeous room
and one told the other a lie.

Music: Ich bin der welt abhanden gekommen from Rückert-Lieder, Gustav Mahler | LUCERNE FESTIVAL ORCHESTRA | Claudio Abbado | Magdalena Kožena (mezzo-soprano)

Recorded August 2009 in Lucerne, Switzerland. Published by Euroarts on DVD and Blu-Ray.

Based on a text in German by Friedrich Rückert (1788-1866) , no title, from Liebesfrühling, in 4. Vierter Strauß. Wiedergewonnen, no. 29


I am lost to the world
with which I used to waste so much time,
It has heard nothing from me for so long
that it may very well believe that I am dead!

It is of no consequence to me
Whether it thinks me dead;
I cannot deny it,
for I really am dead to the world.

I am dead to the world’s tumult,
And I rest in a quiet realm!
I live alone in my heaven,
In my love and in my song!

[ The video is a composed of found footage from various sources ]

maya + rouvelle: wag

Thursday, June 23rd, 2016

Footage captured by Selina Doroshenko during a Maya + Rouvelle artist talk/performance at MICA’s Graduate Studios Salon in Baltimore. Audio: John Berryman reading Dream Song 14.