I’ve been working on this video for the past month…shooting started a bit before then, but thinking/editing/occupying the ‘primary attention slot’ for about a month. It’s in response to a piece that Mira (the violinist who I’ve done another video with in the past) is the living score for. Luke Nickel is the composer. He showed Mira [Benjamin] the pages to the score only once and they’ve now been destroyed. So this piece only lives on if/when Mira decides to ‘transmit’ it to people…usually performers…so they can realize the work. This video is my “performance” of the piece. I hope you guys like it.
Here’s a bit of text that Luke wrote about it:
[factory] is a proposal for collaborative performance action(s). This video features Mira Benjamin performing sections of her own realization of [factory].
[factory] began as a set of 22 texts written by Luke Nickel. These texts—or verbal scores—were linked by a geographical map, with each text representing an individual conceptual area or room. Luke and Mira Benjamin (the original performer) agreed upon a risky proposal: she would read the texts only once and then delete them, allowing the work to exist solely in her memory and inviting forgettings and linguistic permutations to infect the ephemeral score-object itself. Mira is now the living score for the work, voluntarily responsible for its transferral, transformation and translation.