Eyes Of The Skin II
Eyes Of The Skin II* is a second collaborative project between choreographer Jennifer Salk and me that explores concepts of tenderness and fragility. The project was commissioned by Henry Art Gallery in Seattle and installed across all 3 floors of the Gallery (40000 square feet/3720 square meters). The piece was open for viewing from January until February 2012 at Henry Art Gallery, Seattle, WA, USA. *Title of the dance performance is inspired by Juhani Pallasmaa’s book Architecture and the Senses: The eyes of the skin.
Upon entering the Henry viewers moved through the interstitial spaces — hallways, stairwells, elevators, ramps — experiencing site specific audio-visual installation in interaction with dance. These small environments created places of vulnerability, playfulness, intimacy, fragility, and cruelty and led to the main space Stroum gallery. There, a large wall was converted into an interactive environment. It progressively “cracked” and disclosed an illusion of a realm behind the wall by use of lights and video mapping projection.
Microsoft Researcher Hrvoje Benko programmed a video mapping system that recognized the openings on the wall and projected on these openings videos of surreal birds. When the openings were closed by dancers or visitors, the image would not be visible any longer.