Mobile Oeil — a collaboration with performers

Premiered October 25-27, 1984 at Danspace Project, NYC
Created and performed by: Paula Clements (NY), Lisa Nelson (VT), Wendy Perron (NY), Christina Svane (CA), Weis (NY)

 

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Weis collaborated with four other women video/performance artists in the creation of Mobile Oeil. The piece was presented in St. Mark’s Church and designed for the particular architecture of that space.

Each performer operates a live video camera attached to a large television monitor on wheels. As the monitors are rearranged and repurposed, the architecture of the room morphs into new spaces.

The focus of the piece alternates between the projected images, the live performers and the combination of the two. As the women move through the space, the images on the monitors shift from one performer’s inner monologue to the point of view of five chorus girls in the midst of a line dance. The addition of props and furniture brings some of these vignettes to life. Two dancers break away from the pack. They pass a camera back and forth between them as they spin through a hot-blooded tango.

Performers careen through the sanctuary with cameras in hand in vehicles of varying kinds. A skateboard, a bike or a folding pushcart take camera and performer on a wild ride, through careful balances, down slippery slopes and perspectives gone askew.