Cloud of Whiteness

This interactive installation was conceived as a microcosm of our current and trans-historical political climate. As such, it is a hostile space. Construction materials – brick, canvas, rope, and a repurposed motor – are layered against the seemingly invisible technologies of digital surveillance. Custom software and physical computing activate a handmade cradle dropping theatrical snow.

Viewers engage the work by building or deconstructing brick structures. Conversations around acculturation, assimilation, notions of “passing,” and other aspects of conceptual whiteness unfold through performances, viewer interactions, and public forums.

The project was originally commissioned for the First 100+ Days group exhibition at SPACES (OH) curated by Christina Vassallo and presented through expanded forms by the Ammerman Center (CT), Current Sessions (NY), and DanceMakers Forum (IL). Solo interventions were collaboratively developed with Gregory King and Leila Khoury.

ON VIEW /

  • Chicago Cultural Center, DanceMakers Forum (2018)
  • Current Sessions, On Resistance (2017)
  • SPACES, First 100+ Days Exhibition (2017)

PHOTO CREDITS /

  • ABOVE: Cloud of Whiteness, installation with performance by Gregory King (2018), photos by Evan Prunty
  • MIDDLE: Cloud of Whiteness, installation and opening at SPACES (2018), photos courtesy of SPACES
  • BELOW: Cloud of Whiteness, installation and performance at Current Sessions with Gregory King and audience participants (2018), photos by Corey Melton