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KANDAHAR, 10 March — Light & Space artist Betty Tureaud and performance artist Vaneeesa Blaylock collaborated for the first time today with their presentation of Net/Work at Gallery Xue in the Kandahar mountains.
M A C H I N I M A . C R E D I T S
VB34 – Net / Work
Soundtrack via CCMixter
• Mind Field by DJ Blue
DJ Blue wrote:
I’ve heard a few very cool tracks with the ‘new system’ spoken word by Colin Mulcher. The lyrics are evocative and inspiring so I thought I’d have a go at it. From the Voices of CC Mixter pack I also pulled a Kcentric and MelissaK sample.
I couldn’t agree more! This track inspired this performance. I first heard Colin Mulcher’s voice in A Vision for 21st Century Learning a new media education video. When I heard DJ Blue’s track Mind Field, featuring Mulcher’s A New System:
what if we were entering into a new time?
a time when the very systems of control and commerce
that we had believed to be the status quo
were somehow no longer relevant?
what we were faced with
a new medium,
a new network,
a new system that connected the people and places of the world in a new way?
what if that system is here,
what if that time is now?
— Colin Mulcher, 1999
the inspiration for VB34 was found. Back in January, for Agnes Sharple’s VB31 – Demo Days, which we performed in the old, now demolished Gallery Xue / Palestine, our gallerist Xue Faith asked sculptor Sledge Roffo to install a series of works in the 4 bays that comprised the gallery back then. Roffo’s work was a perfect counterpoint to Sharple’s vision of the articulated metavatar. On hearing A New System I was inspired to propose a collaboration with a light & space artist I’ve admired for a long time, Betty Tureaud. She liked the idea and Xue and Trill Zapatero turned her loose in the large 6.5 hectare expanse of the remote mountain site of Gallery Xue / Kandahar.
Long-time VB/CO design partners Kai Heideman and Carina Larsen were once again generous with wardrobe and hair.
This video is a small taste of the ephemeral experience that was VB34 – Net / Work.
Thank you to all the participants and visitors.
VB34 – Participants
Marky Mark Zackerly
VB34 – Visitors (partial)