Murmuration is a 40-minute multimedia performance inspired by string theory and the idea that every component of the universe is at once infinitely small, infinitely large, and infinitely complex.
Murmuration takes place in a responsive environment in which performance data is collected in real time and used as a set of dynamic controls for the live electronics and real-time video projection and mapping.
The work explores the every object and every interaction is simultaneously itself and everything else—an aggregate or amalgam of everything from sub-atomic particles and imperceptible vibrations, to the farthest corners of the cosmos, and the constant passing of time.
The theoretical strings that form the universe are constantly oscillating, resulting in the excitation and emergence of entirely new particle species. As strings enter new modes of oscillation, merge together, or split apart, the world we know to exist changes profoundly—though the catalyst remains imperceptible.
This work was created over the course of an 8-month period as part of an ongoing body of research, which looks at interdisciplinary collaboration through the lens of engagement, communication, and play. This theoretical approach emphasizes the creative process and aims to facilitate an organic and spontaneous collaboration between artists and disciplines.
Murmuration was presented on May 9th, 2015 in the Sharon Disney Lund Theater, Los Angeles.
Sarah Belle Reid, trumpet/artistic director
Tony Gennaro, percussion
Justin Scheid, electronics
Megan Fowler-Hurst, dance
Amelia Laughlin, dance
Lexy Shimko, dance
Lily Kind, choreography
Jesse Garrison, video
Dan Norman, lights
Alexandra Friedman, set design
Angela Trivino, costumes
Music composed by Justin Scheid, Tony Gennaro, and Sarah Belle Reid
Ferdinand Botha, producer
Abby Salling, stage manager
Scott Groller, videography
Ryan Gaston, audio recording