Sawing a Woman in Half
Interactive Installation with Live Performers (2010)
Alchemy of Light melds 19th century illusionism with current interactive technologies to depict the life of the legendary magician Torrini as a parable from a time when our lives first became mediated by machines.
In the 19th century the legendary Torrini, always at the forefront of technological development, was reknowned for his astonishing illusions. One evening during a performance he accidentally killed his own child. Torrini spent the rest of his life vainly trying to conjure back his lost family. Alchemy of Light guides the audience through a series of 7 interactive installations which use live and virtual encounters with representations of the Torrini family to explore the seduction and limits of technology.
Exhibition: LMCC Swing Space, Here Art Center(Culture Mart, work-in-progress), Prelude '08 (work-in-progress)
Sawing a Woman in Half
Performers: Luigi Coppola, Johanna Levy, Clara Palavesin
Cello: Erik Friedlander
Contributing artists + designers: Jordann Baker, Loren Bevans, Magnus Pind Bjerre, Sean Blue, Jude Calder, Jon Cottle, Paul DiPietro, Laura Doggett, Justin Downs, Erik Friedlander, Pamela Griffiths, Will Hanza, Richard Harkness, Kate Hartman, Josh Higgason, Lucia J. Lee, Nathan Lemoine, Mark Mitton, Michael Montes, Jeff Morey, Rory Nugent, Mareike Opeña, Scott C Parker, Randi Rivera, Peter von Salis, Eva von Schweinitz, Claudia Sidoti, Karolina Sobecka, Keena Suh, Paul Weathered.
Alchemy of Light was developed through residencies at the Digital Performance Institute, the Here Arts Center & Squeaky Wheel. We are grateful for the generous support of the New York State Council on the Arts, the Schindler Stiftung Foundation, Lower Manhattan Cultural Council's Swing Space program; space at 14 Wall Street is donated by Capstone Equities and public funds from the Manhattan Community Arts Fund, supported by the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs and administered by Lower Manhattan Cultural Council. We could not be creating Alchemy without the wonderful resources of Materials for the Arts, NYC Department of Cultural Affairs/NYC Department of Sanitation/NYC Department of Education.
Thank you to Suzanne Epstein, Pierre Epstein, Dorée Epstein, Jane Bevans, Kevin Cunningham and 3LD Art & Technology Center, Ursula Scherrer, Minsoo Lee, Paul DiPietro, Brian Buck, Gladys Rivera, Baby Arianna Rojas, Mark Krasnov, Anni Bergman and Shlomit Lehavi. Thanks to Garrett Young & Miles Dudgeon of RevEAL Lighting, Charles Kirby of Thematic LightBox and Bridget Nohalty of Vincent Lighting Systems - we couldn't be doing this without you!
Collaborators from earliar incarnations of Alchemy include: Seth Abramson, Juliette Boulois, Sara Bremen, Valerie Ellithorpe, AC Harkness, Aichen Lin, Pete McCabe, Carolina Vallejo.