Sunday, March 14, 2010
Wig Industry is working hard to design the latest creations for a collaboration at Battersea Arts centre in London.
Working together with dancing Brick, they have been commissioned for a Scratch performance in May. They are in charge of creating the weird and wonderful world of A L I C E - a progress. The piece is a celebration analogue technology on the eve of it becoming obsolete.
It is the eve of the shutdown of analogue signal. A man, in an apartment somewhere is trying to edit together the pieces of video of a woman he once knew. Heʼs going to lose her forever if he doesnʼt hurry, but the machines are eating his time and regurgitating each tape. Her image vanishes into a snowstorm of static.
Meanwhile, inside, the analogue world is celebrating, inebriating itself, getting ready for the end. An endless catwalk of colourful creatures, shoulder pads and hairspray dance in ecstasy, as they make their way to oblivion.
A dodgy preacher infiltrates the party to gather any remaining sinners he promises to save. He tells them of the comforts of technology you can touch, and sells them special eye-ware to view the eclipse that is coming.
Somewhere, trapped in this world is a little girl, searching for her lost doll. Will she find her way out in time? or will be be swallowed into oblivion?
Technology, shamanism, ritual, colour, obsession, tape, innocence, video, prospect, expectation, spiritualism, connecting with signal...
All this and more, coming soon!