VB34 – Net / Work

KANDAHAR, 10 March — Light and space artist Betty Tureaud and performance artist Vaneeesa Blaylock collaborated for the first time today on Net / Work a massive installation of Wagnerian ambition. In dramatic contrast to Gallery Xue / London’s closet-sized 165 square-meter facility, the Gallery Xue / Kandahar mountain site occupies over 6 hectares of rocky terrain. Utilizing a seemingly limitless budget, Tureaud created visual splendor with myriad optical contrivances that somehow managed to feel organically one with the arid landscape. To this spectacle Blaylock added avatars clad in reflective unitards: some as statues in a mountainside tableaux vivant, some like opal miners popping out of flaming wells, and as a centerpiece, a human tetrahedron where avatars exhibited remarkable, gymnast-like strength in holding the entire configuration together, at some points by the grip of a single hand on the next person’s ankle.

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It’s funny that VB33 – Sugar Mountain, and VB35 – Like a Prayer are such simple, sincere, perhaps sublime works. VB34 – Net / Work is not. Net / Work is a grandiose cornucopia of a human tower of babel erected in a cosmic-scaled light and space installation evoking imagery and spectacle as far-flung as our emergent global brain and the primordial cradle of creation.

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VB34 – Net / Work

Gallery Xue / Kandahar
10 March 2012

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what if we were entering into a new time?
a time when the very systems of control and commerce
that we had believed to be the status quo
were somehow no longer relevant?

what we were faced with
a new medium,
a new network,
a new system that connected the people and places of the world in a new way?

what if that system is here,
what if that time is now?

– Colin Mulcher, 1999

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Colin Mulcher’s oft remixed spoken word piece A New System was the starting point for Betty Tureaud and I to collaborate on this work. His voice and ideas have inspired me for several years, and it was nice to finally bring them into a performance work.

Soundtrack via CCMixter
Mind Field by DJ Blue

Mind Field features:
A New System by Colin Mulcher
KC Soul Vox by KCentric
Whatever (a capella) by Tru_Ski
Into The Abyss by Melissa K B

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VB34 – Net / Work

Betty Tureaud
Vaneeesa Blaylock

Gallery Xue / Kandahar
Xue Faith
Trill Zapatero

Wardrobe / Hair
Kai Heideman
Carina Larsen

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VB34 – Participants
Agnes Sharple
Betty Tureaud
Dita Pojszta
DJ Haraway
Gina Broono
Kikas Babenco
Lia Johin
Marky Mark Zackerly
Marmaduke Arado
Martha Graham
Monerda Skute
Pennyroyal Calamity
Pixel Reanimator
SaveMe Okelli
Trilby Minotaur
Trill Zapatero
Xue Faith

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VB34 – Visitors (partial)
Amore Chiantelle
Angelique Menoptra
Briawinde Magic
Carlo Seymour
Enfrantirise Morane
H0ward R0ark
Hercules Farshore
Jammers Inaka
Junivers Stockholm
Medora Chevalier
Mikati Slade
Ninel Hax
Quan Lavender
RealityStalker Oh
Shelina Winkler
Suzanne Graves
Tim Deschanel
Ush Underwood
Yupmo Xue

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Author:Vanessa Anne Blaylock

As a Virtual Public Artist my work invites virtual communities to express their identity, explore their culture, and demand their civil rights.
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