A Seemingly Unified Spectacle
Abstract puppets enact a constant pulse.
Brehm conjures a whimsical yet treacherous portrait of the Zoetrope (a 19th century optical entertainment).
What I'd like to broach here is the issue of a rhythm, or beat, or pulse
- Rosalind Krauss: "The Impulse to See" in Vision and Visuality
A mechanical forest of spinning and flickering zoetropes suddenly spew out a fantasmic angel puppet. Her entrance prompts a cathartic geyser of silk that blankets the stage in softness and light. Inhabited by fantastical puppet creatures, this reverie is quickly disrupted and destroyed by the mechanism that created it in a final, stunning pulse of destruction.
Inspired by text from Rosalind Krauss's essay, "The Impulse to See", A Seemingly Unified Spectacle uses abstract puppetry to envision and play out "fantasmic products," "shards of the inorganic," "transmutation" and "an endless pulse".
- Performed at Here Arts Center 2006 Culturemart Festival, NYC
- Here Artist Residency Program and Dream-Music Puppetry Program
- Chashama Visual Arts Area Award
- One Arm Red space residency
- Comics by Kate Brehm.