Memory Replacement X200
Memory Replacement X200 is a work in progress installation and performance with public participation. Memory Replacement X200 draws on pervious collaborations with the general public in New York city. 200 people dressed in canvas wearables will fan out from the World Trade Center Memorial site into the Five Boroughs of New York City and beyond and will replicate, in different locations in New York and nearby towns, the World Trade center performance.
Imagine an art blast originating at the World Trade Center Memorial Site but instead of destruction it will create beauty and creativity in its path as it spreads out into the boroughs. Where there was dust and gray there will be color and light, where there was crying and sorrow there will be laughter and joy. I call the wearables Sails but also Wings because they will carry this one message:
We draw brushes and our holsters hold paints. We don't want to be replaced but we want to be changed. The soft touch of a wing, The light touch of a brush and a light stroke. The word of a friend, the whisper of a soft fold on a wing. A nod to a future with beauty, a reflection on color and gesture of goodness and friendship. A soft stand against violence.
I am currently finalizing the idea and the budget and will start my kickstarter campaign soon, I recently arrived at the 200,000 figure and realized that it will not be true to my vision to make it with any less. This project deserves the best shot.
Sketches for Memory Replacement:
Inspiration sketches for Memory Replacement World Trade Center I created in Tilt Brush:
Memory Replacement World Trade Center Wearable, mixed media on canvas, 2018
Created during a performance and installation with public participation of the same name at the World Trade Center Memorial Site in New York City.
I am glad with this work I was able to incorporate lessons from previous performances and design the wearable to be completely self contained - including the brushes and paint, like a mini art studio. Since the location was so sensitive I wanted the dress to be light and feathery, like something coming from a dream rather than a simple sack from primed canvas. And lastly but not the least of all consideration, I want it to be beautiful and tasteful rather than sharp angled and garish, or provocative. I wanted the action of painting to be the only provocation. These days it has become a fashion in the arts to do just anything and call it art, the missed opportunity in that is that artists these days have no taste, they go for the lowest target of accomplishing a message. I do not want to simply construct a message, I am not a sign painter. I am a creator of beauty and meaning. Creating with taste is simply difficult, difficult to design and difficult to create. to create with taste will be my contribution to performance art. One of the lessons I learned working as an artist in the Silicon Valley is how to manage process where you take something that is ugly and unappealing and then you make it beautiful through iterations and continuous improvement. And this is the process I used to create this work.
Memory Replacement Wings, digital simulation and animation with pen and ink drawings, dimensions variable, 2018
Inspiration animation for a performance of the same name.
We don't want to be replaced but we want to be changed. The soft touch of a wing, The light touch of a brush and a light stroke. The word of a friend, the whisper of a soft fold on a wing. A nod to a future with beauty, a reflection on color and gesture of goodness and friendship. A soft stand against violence. We draw brushes and our holsters hold paints.
Memory Replacement, still from digital simulation and animation with pen and ink drawings, dimensions variable, 2018
Memory Replacement Wings I, digital simulation and animation with pen and ink drawings, dimensions variable, 2018
Memory Replacement Wings Simulation. I incorporated blue sky and the blue color of windowed towers at the World Trade center site, flapping of wings and breathing patterns.
Memory Replacement Wings II, digital simulation and animation with pen and ink drawings, dimensions variable, 2018
In addition to the rhythm of the flapping of wings and breathing patters, here I also incorporated paper cuts and the folded surface the wings were carved from.