Ocean body


Ocean Body is a multi-screen film and music instal­la­tion directed and designed by Mark DeChi­azza and col­lab­o­ra­tively cre­ated with com­poser — vocal­ists Helga Davis and Shara Nova who embody a sculp­ture built for two by Annica Cup­petelli, artist and Lec­turer II at the Stamps School of Art & Design.

Ocean Body exam­ines the decade-long close friend­ship between Davis and Nova and seeks a nec­es­sary bridge for the divi­sion that exists not only in our soci­ety, but in ourselves.

Shara Nova​is the founder of the cham­ber pop band My Bright­est Dia­mond. She has com­posed works for yMu­sic, Brook­lyn Youth Cho­rus, Young New York­ers’ Cho­rus, Brook­lyn Rider, Nadia Sirota and Room­ful of Teeth, among oth­ers. Her orches­tra­tions have been per­formed by the North Car­olina Sym­phony, Indi­anapo­lis Sym­phony, Amer­i­can Com­posers Orches­tra and the BBC Con­cert orches­tra. Her baroque cham­ber opera You Us We All pre­miered in the US at BAM Next Wave Fes­ti­val in in 2015. Nova is a Kresge Fel­low, Knights Grant recip­i­ent, and a United States Artists fellow.

Helga Davis​is a vocal­ist and per­for­mance artist with feet planted on the most pres­ti­gious inter­na­tional stages and with firm roots in her local com­mu­nity. Davis was prin­ci­pal actor in the 25th-anniver­sary inter­na­tional revival of Robert Wil­son and Philip Glass’s sem­i­nal opera Ein­stein on the Beach. She is artist in res­i­dence at National Saw­dust and Joe’s Pub, host of the epony­mous pod­cast HELGA on WQXR, win­ner of the 2019 Green­field Prize in com­po­si­tion, a 2019 Alpert Award final­ist, and the 2018 – 21 vis­it­ing cura­tor for the per­form­ing arts at the Isabella Stew­art Gard­ner Museum.

Mark DeChiazza​is a direc­tor whose mul­ti­fac­eted prac­tice encom­passes film­mak­ing, chore­og­ra­phy, scenic and media design, and instal­la­tion. His work has been pre­sented in national and inter­na­tional venues includ­ing Brook­lyn Acad­emy of Music, Lin­coln Cen­ter, John F. Kennedy Cen­ter of the Arts, Guthrie The­ater, Sin­ga­pore Inter­na­tional Fes­ti­val of Arts, Les Sub­sis­tances, Chicago’s Museum of Con­tem­po­rary Art, and many more. He first col­lab­o­rated with Shara Nova in 2019, when they co-cre­ated the mas­sive out­door music-per­for­mance work Look Around, cel­e­brat­ing Cincin­nati Sym­phony Orchestra’s 125th anniver­sary sea­son, fea­tur­ing over 600 per­form­ers from over 30 local groups.

Ocean Body is on view at the Wasser­man Projects gallery in Detroit (3434 Rus­sell St.) from Sep­tem­ber 25, 2021.

Parfois, Le Regard Hébraïque… (Note)

Notes & Silence

Il existe un certain type de regard hébreu : à la fois terriblement pertinent, faisant pleuvoir les fulgurances sur son sujet d’analyse  et, furieusement pétri de cette science hébraïque dont les racines plongent aux sources de l’humanité et de ses civilisations. Bien que ce regard m’impressionne et n’a de cesse de m’humilier, il passe pourtant totalement à coté de la fraîcheur qui habite le cœur.

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