MIRANDA J FRIEDMAN

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A found object sculpture made from an architectural structure. Performed in the venue, Beyond Baroque Literary Arts Center in Los Angeles, CA, Friedman created a multidimensional collaborative performance. The building of this metaphysical sculpture began with a box built outside in a garden, where choreographer, Darrian O’Reilly, was filmed inside of the box.
The focus group was then invited to view the video in the venue’s black box theater. The video viewing was interrupted by the live performers—O’Reilly, and vocalist, Jazmine Bailey, who lead the focus group into the lobby and then into the venue’s bookstore. Using the building as a found object was an exercise in making space, rather than inhabiting space with objects.



[secret title] (performance stills), Beyond Baroque Literary Arts Center, Venice, California, video, video games, vocals, original music track, performance in black box theater and bookstore, 2018.



[secret title] (behind-the-scenes video sculpture), Beyond Baroque Literary Arts Center, Venice, California, video, video games, vocals, original music track, performance in black box theater and bookstore, 2018.


[secret title] (video experience), Beyond Baroque Literary Arts Center, Venice, California, video, video games, vocals, original music track, performance in black box theater and bookstore, 2018.

 
The focus group was then invited to view the video in the venue’s black box theater. The video viewing was interrupted by the live performers—O’Reilly, and vocalist, Jazmine Bailey, who lead the focus group into the lobby and then into the venue’s bookstore. Using the building as a found object was an exercise in making space, rather than inhabiting space with objects. The focus group consumed two experiences. Friedman created the first exprience by providing a prompt to a team of male artists Roy Sugihara (sound design), James Davis (set design), John Lynch (videography) to make an advertising and pop culture-influenced video women in boxes.
Choreographer, Darrian O’Reilly was filmed in a box four-walled structure. Jazmine Bailey’s voice was put in a virtual sound box.

Viewers were assigned numbers and instructed to sit far apart. Once seated, the participants were scolded by a looming deep moderator voice at every instance of interaction with neighboring focus group members. After the video, the moderator read multiple choice questions.





[secret title] (performance footage), Beyond Baroque Literary Arts Center, Venice, California, video, video games, vocals, original music track, performance in black box theater and bookstore, 2018.


In the second, the choreographer (O’Reilly), vocalist (Bailey), stylist (Jacquie Trevizo) and Friedman (all female) directed themselves. It was performed as an electricity cut / disruption to the screening of the first film. At the power outage, Bailey came out singing a cappella as the choreographer performed, unconfined. First inside the black box theater, the performance moved to the venue lobby and
concluded in the library where an open-forum discussion took place. The projector being played in a black box theater represented confinement and direction unaligned with goals outside of confinement. The bookstore represented knowledge and the sharing and challenging of knowledge.