Circling the Center, video with sound and voice "Circling the Center"
Press and Promotion
Nene Humphrey Press Release
About the event
The Premier Video Performance
CIRCLING THE CENTER
A video performance by Nene Humphrey
in collaboration with Roberto C. Lange, Julie DeLano and Christopher Keohane
Saturday May 21st, 7pm
An exploration of the brain mechanisms underlying our emotions, the craft of Victorian mourning braiding, and communal art making, through sound, film, and live performance.
In what began as a meditation on the loss of her husband, Nene Humphrey layers drawing, sound, film and live performance in a collaborative piece.
Circling the Center, created with composer Roberto Lange, songwriter and performer Julie DeLano and cinematographer Christopher Keohane, explores the brain mechanisms underlying our most intense emotions, the craft of Victorian mourning braiding, and communal art making through sound, film, and live performance.
Images of electrical circuit boards, animated MRI's, braiding weaving patterns and a 19th century papier maiche brain model are layered with the sounds of mice serenading each other in a neuroscience lab, human breathing, a metronome and the chanted directions for crafting Victorian mourning braids creating a film projected on a large scrim. Three women behind and in front of the scrim perform an original vocal dance piece at selected intervals.
Running time: 20 minutes
Video production made possible by the generous support of Agnes Gund.