MIRANDA J FRIEDMAN

[secret title]




A found object sculpture made from an architectural structure. Utilizing the venue, Beyond Baroque Literary Arts Center in Los Angeles, CA, I 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. A group of female-identifying individuals received invitations to be members of a focus group.
Those who opted in consumed two experiences. I created the first by directing male artists to make with me an advertising and pop culture-influenced video of a woman in a 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, vocalist, stylist and I (all female) had full creative freedom to self express. It was performed as a power cut / disruption to the first film and the vocalist 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.