Cloud of Whiteness

Interactive Sculpture, Environment & Performance Space
Concept, Design & Direction by Megan Young
Performance by Gregory King & Leila Khoury

Exhibition History:
SPACES Gallery, First 100+ Days
The Current Sessions, On Resistance

Media Mentions:
CAN Journal
Plain Dealer

 

 

This interactive environment and performance activation mirrors our current political climate. As the sociohistorical construct of whiteness impedes rational governance, social justice can seem out of reach. “Cloud of Whiteness” acknowledges the fog cast over social justice issues when fear takes hold.

Participants interact with movable clay bricks – clearing or building – but any actions to remove whiteness from the space trigger a push back from the installation. It is programmed to protect the historic whiteness of the space. A drop in the overall whiteness of the installation space triggers an undulating snow cradle to drop theatrical snow.

Cloud of Whiteness utilizes camera vision techniques and the inherent racism in filmic processes to create a microcosm of our current political climate. An installed surveillance camera captures the scene only in terms of black and white. The camera feed is run through an original Max MSP processing and triggers a re-purposed motor to release more whiteness particulates if it calculates a lack of whiteness in the video frame. Some repositionable red clay bricks are left raw, while others have been painted white.

Invited performers activate the work during set times. The performance score includes personalized rituals of resistance as developed with collaborator Gregory Young (pictured below).

 

(Documentation Credits: Evan Prunty, Alec Miller, Ron Shelton, Darice Polo)