Archive: This Was The End is at once an artifact and experience — the afterlife of a performance as interactive sculpture. Here, you are the actor, and a wall — salvaged from the old PS 122 community center — is the physical manifestation of a memory of a play, which your presence activates and disrupts. Sound and video portraits embedded and mapped onto the wall produce a reverse relief. What is far seems near and near, far. The past hypnotizes the present, denying its erasure, to remind us of a life before that continues.
Directed and created by Mallory Catlett/Restless NYC, Archive: This Was The End features video and programming by Keith Skretch, sound and video manipulation by G Lucas Crane, interaction design by Ryan Holsopple, set by Peter Ksander, and performances on video by G Lucas Crane, Black-Eyed Susan, Jim Himelsbach, Rea C Wright, and Paul Zimet. It was developed with production support and residency provided by EMPAC / Experimental Media and Performing Arts Center, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.
Archive: This Was The End will be free and open to the public during gallery hours listed below. The installation will run on a continuous loop and audience is welcome to drop in at any time. RSVP is available but not required.