TO PROVE HER ZEAL

2012

LARP: 5 players, present based language, psychic plants, dream memories, communal farm
VIDEO: 2 CHANNEL, TRT 39 Min

Documentation of a 5 day live role playing event with 8 players, located inside a seven-story mill tower and nearby communal farm in the small town of Wassaic, New York. Anachronistically imagining themselves inhabiting a setting part late 1800’s unorthodox monastic commune, part 1980’s new age retreat, and part extra-terrestrial biosphere, the characters engaged in the daily life of a working communal farm as well as regular group encounter sessions led by an elusive AI.

 

As the players developed their characters, these emotionally intense sessions focused on their interpersonal relationships were led by an elusive artificial intelligence embodied by an abstract sculpture, which the artist inserted into the performance as non-human character.

 

The video installation presents the artist’s rendering of this fictional world, while a second video makes public for the first time Condon’s collaborative performance workshop procedures and process.

 

CREDITS
Run-Time Management: Bjarke Pedersen
Director of Photography: Paul Shin
Production Manager: Kate Scherer
Costume Consultation: Feral Childe
Plant Communication: Asher Hartman
Players: Ida Tjell, Martin Elricsson, Marie Holm-Anderson, Jaakko Stenros, Johanna Koljonen, Torgny Aanderaa, Nina Runa Essendrop, Kristoffer Thuroe

 

A commission by The Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum
Special thanks to Monica Ramirez-Montagut, The Wassaic Project, and On Stellar Rays, New York.