Michele Beck and Jorge Calvo “Passage”

Ise Cultural Foundation Gallery

poster for Michele Beck and Jorge Calvo “Passage”

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ISE Cultural Foundation presents an installation by Michele Beck and Jorge Calvo titled “Passage”, curated by Marie N. Guex.

Passage is an immersive installation composed of 4-video projections, sound and gravel. The installation was inspired by the Japanese rock garden Ryōan-ji in Kyoto, Japan and it’s questioning of linear time and commonly accepted concepts of reality. For Passage, Beck and Calvo weave these conceptual ideas into the installation using video projections and experimental sound compositions to create a bridge from the ancient rock garden to contemporary concerns about embodiment, memory and life cycles.

At the entrance of the installation the viewer comes upon a video of a pigeon that is flanked on either side by images of a standing figure. The pigeon video is projected onto a screen, creating the sense that the bird is flying in the gallery space. The movement of the pigeon is drastically slowed down, giving the pigeon a chance to look directly into the camera and confront the viewer with its passionate, evocative gaze. Projected on to the sidewalls there are two videos of primordial figures that appear and disappear. These figure have no distinguishing facial features sexuality or gender. Their fleeting existence is reflected in the audio, which is structured around ambiguous sounds that stimulate a sense of memory, of something that is present, but no longer exists. Projected onto the wall at the end of the gallery, is a video of windows opening onto a dry landscape. These illusory windows offer a passage into an alternative reality and consciousness. The windows are covered with a red and blue plastic, which blows, sometimes softly and sometimes violently in response to the intensity of the wind. The video loop last for approximately 10-minutes ending with images of water, which envelop the viewer.

Performance Event I: Saturday, November 9, 4:15 – 5:30PM
Vangeline Theater with dancers: Sindy Butz, Maiko Ikegaki, Azumi Oe, Margherita Tisato and Vangeline

Artists talk: Wednesday, November 20, 6-8PM
Michele Beck and Jorge Calvo will discuss their multidisciplinary work and the process of creating Passage.

Performance Event II: Saturday, December 7, 4:15 – 5:30PM
Yoonhye Park, Yuki Kawahisa, Jin-kang Park, Michele Beck & Jorge Calvo

[Image by Michele Beck and Jorge Calvo, Passage, 2013, video still]



from November 08, 2013 to December 31, 2013

Opening Reception on 2013-11-08 from 18:00 to 20:00

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