Two videos from the second performance of “Places for Souls” on 4/13/13 at the San Diego Art Department. The performance took place over 4 hours during the closing reception of my art show Fragments from the Garden. There are 2 versions; one a 2-minute mini version and the other version a longer 20-minute video.
Places for Souls: The Plains of Tession. Performance art created by Kevin Greeland, performed by Wallpaper Performance Company, dance performers Jennifer Oliver and Alicia Peterson-Baskel, choreographed by Alicia Peterson-Baskel and sound environment by generative sound designer Blair Robert Nelson. The work functions as a “séance” of sorts, in which dance performers act as mediums to engage the spirits from “The Plains of Tession” a pseudo-space within the garden, adding a little twist of Dada to the performance.
The premise of the work is … In searching for souls there is a folklore tradition of sorts that has a living person seated on a kitchen chair (the kitchen is seen as the heart of the body of a home) placing their feet in the shoes of a deceased person and then stepping (submerging) their feet into a pale/washbasin of water allowing the living to crossover and commune with the departed soul. The water should be spring water or hand drawn from a well and grounds the person so they may return back to the earthly realm. I push this one step further in that the blended séance is not just a crossover to engage the souls of the deceased but the soul of the actual garden home or temple, with the identity (soul) of the garden temple and garden home and with its previous ancestral structures.