2009-2011 | Interactive Video Installation (7.1 Surround)
Addressing issues of loss, isolation and loneliness, spectators willingly enclose themselves in an ominous closet-like rectangular box. Alone in the dark, whispering voices invite the viewer to undergo the voyeuristic experience of peering through a small hole in the back wall of the box, where they experience measurements of emptiness, unreality and the void. The installation is presented inside a claustrophobic box structure. The work is based on Americana Kamikaze, a hybrid theater/cinema performance which premiered at Performance Space 122 in October 2009.
created by William Cusick & Kenneth Collins
co-produced by Temporary Distortion, Harvestworks Digital Media Arts Center (NYC), Arcadi (Paris), Maison des Arts de Creteil (Paris), and Le Manege (Maubeuge)
Harvestworks, 596 Broadway — Feb 13, 2009
Video Interview with William Cusick at Harvestworks NYC
Presented in France:
LILLE 3000, Lille — Sept 18 – Nov 8, 2009
EXIT Festival, Paris — March 24 – April 5, 2009
VIA Festival, Maubeuge — March 12-20, 2009
Theatre Agora, France — April 9 – May 20, 2010
Saint Nazaire, France — June 17 – Aug 15, 2010
Toulouse, France — Feb 25 – March 10, 2011
Seoul, Korea — Oct 11, 2014 – Jan 11, 2015
5.1 Surround Sound Video Installation (2008)
This work is based on Welcome To Nowhere (bullet hole road), the hybrid theater/cinema performance by the experimental theater company Temporary Distortion, which premiered at The Chocolate Factory in October 2007 and toured internationally through 2010.
The video installation is presented on a 8′ x 2′ wood surface, reminiscent of the projection screen for the stage performance. Collaborators include director/designer Kenneth Collins, composer John Sullivan, costume designer TaraFawn Marek, and the performers Ben Beckley, Brian Greer, and Lorraine Mattox.
Produced by Temporary Distortion
Video Installation Design, Editing and 5.1 Surround Mix by William Cusick
Physical Installation Design by Kenneth Collins
Sound Composition by John Sully
Presented in France:
VIA Festival, Maubeuge — March 13-23, 2008
EXIT Festival, Paris — March 27 – April 6, 2008
Interactive Single Channel Video Installation (2006)
Presented as part of the Fresh Meat Festival at The Chocolate Factory in 2006.
Video Design & Installation by William Cusick
Interactive Programming & Design by Ryan Holsopple