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Project Examines Labor as a Creative Process
An image from "Reliquary of Labor," a multimedia project by Gene Gort, Ken Steen, and Jeffrey Krieger that uses video footage and sounds from a construction site at the New Britain Museum of American Art.
The project, designed as what they term “parallel media” – a single project experienced through various distribution systems and performance venues – takes as its inspiration the creative process as a product of labor. Using the site of the New Britain Museum of American Art’s building expansion as their source material, they have harvested video and sounds of the construction to develop a multi-media performance with their third partner in this collaboration, Hartford Symphony principal cellist and solo electronic cellist Jeffrey Krieger, a 1985 graduate of The Hartt School.
Their piece will premiere on Nov. 19, 2006, in the New Britain Museum of American Art’s new Chase Family Building.
On Sunday, April 30, at 2 p.m., the trio will preview the project at the Museum’s new Chase Family Building. They will discuss their process, and present sound, noise and edited video excerpts, with a brief performance from one of the movements of the work.
The purpose of “Reliquary of Labor” is to explore the collaborative process among artists, observe and reveal beauty in the ordinary, and celebrate the idea of labor as integral to any work or production –— the idea that architecture, music, writing, visual art, or any creative endeavor doesn’t merely appear out of the atmosphere.
“Reliquary of Labor” seeks to make this process transparent for the audience and, in keeping with the idea of “parallel media,” will have a website that will contain project updates and works-in-progress for viewing and downloading, as well as podcast material, for the duration of the project and afterwards. Watch for the website, www.reliquaryoflabor.org, in May 2006.
Some examples of the project can currently be seen on Gene Gort’s website at http://www.genegort.com/current_porjects/NBMAA.html
This project is supported by The New Britain Museum of American Art, The MacDowell Colony, a New Works Initiative Grant from the Edward C. and Ann T. Roberts Foundation, and The Continental Harmony Encore Project/American Composer’s Forum in partnership with the National Endowment for the Arts with additional funds provided by the Rockefeller Foundation.