In the fall of 2012, Elsewhere collaborated with artist group INVISIBLE (soundsinvisible.com), Weaver Academy and Guilford College on SoundLab, a youthled project creating a series of mobile visual artworks and instruments composed of obsolete technology. Through interactive workshops, studio visits and design/build sessions, SoundLab provided a collaborative space for students to explore the role technology plays in daily life through experiments in video storytelling and performance. Each student was given a template for the creation of a video self-portrait, to be made on VHS camcorders with no post-production editing. Each video was then played on a mobile sculpture housing a TV. Here, you can watch each of the students’ videos, as they were intended to be viewed, in unison.
The project culminated with a parade to Weaver Fest in downtown Greensboro’s Festival Park, where the videos were then played on the sculptures. For more on SoundLab, visit the project blog here: soundlabelsewhere.tumblr.com/
- INVISIBLE is a mechanical instrument research and performance group composed of Mark Dixon and Bart Trotman. Invisible has toured regionally for 5 years, bringing with their ideas and artstruments to The North Carolina Museum of Art in Raleigh, Winston-Salem’s SECCA, The Ackland Museum at UNC, Second Street Gallery in Charlottesville, and regularly to the Cucalorus Film Festival in Wilmington.
- Lisa Woods: Lisa is chair of the visual arts department at Weaver Academy and the teacher SoundLAB is collaborating with this fall.
- Paula Damasceno: Paula is SoundLAB’s documentarian, assisting with photo/video production and developing a short film of the project’ process.
- Christopher Kennedy: Chris is Elsewhere’s education curator, and is project manager of SoundLAB.
- Elizabeth Thompson: Elizabeth is SoundLAB’s folklorist and storytelling assistant.
SoundLAB was made possible through an Arts in Education Grant provided by the North Carolina Arts Council, a division of the Department of Cultural Resources.