The Rendezvous is a performance of recorded media, an installation which uses music, audio and video to capture the action of remembering those we’ve lost to death. It focuses on the experiences of participating speakers – the experiences of the living.
Personal narratives are shared, captured, and visually abstracted by performers (acting as avatars for memory). They are finally projected on human-sized surfaces of translucent Plexiglas, surrounded by music and a randomized and evolving landscape of audio narratives.
Our culture provides few spaces for sharing loss beyond an intimate circle, after the closure of funeral rituals. The Rendezvous provides a place where people can explore and share the intimate details of loss, on a scale not otherwise possible. We highlight the day-to-day; the complicated, the unexpected, the human.
As a mobile media installation, this recorded performance will be brought to gallery and community spaces in the summer of 2016. We are extending invitations to participate as a storyteller through organizations including community centers, grief counseling groups, and the veteran community in the New York area.
Participant privacy is key. By working with media and professional performing artists, we offer participants the ability to share raw experiences with full anonymity. On the other end of the spectrum, participants can opt to have their own voices mixed directly into the evolving work.
The Rendezvous weaves captured speech into a soundscape of original music, composed and performed by Michelle Ross. Ross’ score will counterpoint the inflection and organic stutter of recorded voices. Music acts as a gateway between individual, spoken memories – and the more dreamlike visuals built to connect and communicate these stories.
The physical relationship between audio speakers and plexiglass projection surfaces in the final installation will be based on the structure of human memory, and the organization of storage and recall in this biological space.
Please visit our website for more information on The Rendezvous, how to participate, and our contributing artists: