Conversation with the Roots

 

 

 

 

 

Using Beautiful Roots a social art piece created in San Francisco in 2014 with the French American International School community, Conversation with the Roots is a site-specific installation and experimental performance blurring the lines between social practice and meta-theatre presented within the 2015 San Francisco International Performing Arts Festival's theme of 'Bearing Witness: Surveillance Within the Drone Age' and designed to engage public awareness in the complex discussions surrounding the diverse facets of the question of surveillance as expressed through the movement of the material engaged by the performers and the public together. The tension created by the active environment responds to the surrounding permeable energies through a game of construction and altered structure with the public and causing a new mode of seeing, generating new relations between individuals brought to intersect and interact and seeking to reflect on what defines information in the age of mass surveillance. The resulting pattern is that of an aleatory open-ended structure in which the observer's perspective is ever changing. The Installation spanned the lobby of the Cowell Theater in Fort Mason throughout the entire festival.

Performers: Florentina Mocanu, Amy Munz, Nathalie Brilliant, Val Sinckler, Tonyanna Borkovi, Latifa Medjdoub

Sound art:  Derek Phillips

Time-based video art: David Schendel.