I met with Sarah Lippek and Joshua Kohl on December 7th along with several volunteer subjects at Olson Kundig Architects' offices to continue the process of finding the materials for the anti Heroine series DICTATOR chapter. Sarah Lippek is a private investigator and a lawyer who has joined us for one of these first and early development sessions of the creative process, in which she is helping us to develop techniques of questioning our subjects. She has been extremely generous in meeting and brainstorming some of the trials we are having- She tested me on her techniques :) Joshua was the first one, in her apartment, and I video taped. It was like a confession, I found it uneasy.
Ken Rowe, who is taping our session in these photos at Olson Kundig Architects, is a cinematographer helping us create some versions of the images that we would project in the ritual performance for finding the particular look of the each subjects. I have been working with people in this way since June, groups of 25- 30 invited public to 4- 7 fellow local artists invited through facebook to emails, and now half our team, one audience member and Sarah, who I have officially met in one of our work in progress show/parties.
(I have been flying the drone too for test drives after our videographer Leo played with it for a while and now has passed it over to me.) I have been interviewing social activists and conducting these experiments with my fellow artists.. I started to feel I am really guided into the right direction. Yes, its TOO MUCH ideas and things that don't and should'nt make sense together, as if the different planets I am creating seem like THEY ARE NOT in the same solar system- but I felt a glimpse of possibility that in the near future... IT WOULD :) :D I kind of wanted to cry.
I have met with our Degenerate member Alan Maskin this week to brainstorm further, met with others of the team and my head is a little bit full, but , BUT overwhelmed with joy- after so much feed back from fellow artists and friends - I felt like I found something like a tiny millimeter of gold in this last taping- it feels like a break through ! I want to deeply thank the people who helped all of this to come together.
I wanted to change the expected perspective, but it wasn't until actually doing these experiments that I am starting to feel like I am finding what I am looking for. I am looking forward to 2014 to jump start this very ambitious project. -Haruko