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An improvised performace ritual reflecting birth, identity, decay, beauty, and death. Studies in Feedback brings together the video feedback dreamings of Jason Somma, cello soundscapes of Chris Lancaster, and dancing/vocals of Alison Clancy. The idea of ritual is central: all elements of Studies In Feedback are created live. There are no computers or computer programs involved. There is no choreography or score. Video feedback is created when a camera films it’s own projection. Jason Somma has refined this technique to create hypnotic visual landscapes through subtle camera work and analog mixing boards. Alison moves in and out of the camera’s feedback frame and the sonic stage of a microphone. She engages in a supple dialogue with her own human body, the intense sensory experience created by Somma and Lancaster, and the ever-deteriorating reflections and mutations of her own image. The results are emotionally charged: The nostalgia of each moment highlighted through observing its deterioration. This feedback ritual allows each artist an independent voice, but simultaneously illustrates how we manipulate, echo and mirror each other’s experiences.
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