PERFROMANCE: FLAG SEMAPHORES
17 May - 29 May 2021
Castello San Basilio, Pisticci, IT + other selected villages in Basilicata
Flag Semaphores is a large public art work and performance that chronicles the artists and their expanded community as the phenomenological effects of global pandemic unfold, creating a collective portraiture of civic unrest and personal reinvention. It includes a visual archive of one year, starting in May 2020, that will be presented alongside a film of the Basilicata region, produced over a month-long residency at Castello San Basilio in 2021. The film will be projected on a sculptural rotunda in the castle’s main court produced in collaboration with London-based architect Brain Spring (AIA).
The mobile sculpture will be wrapped in sailcloth and will serve as a projection surface for documentary style video projections. Part public video installation, part live performance, performer Gabriella Rhodeen will speak to the public from a small stage, guiding the audience through the installation. Alongside her members of the local community provide the same direction in Italian. Environmental sound design and original music will score the event. Original text will be written by Director Jesse Bonnell.
GRJB, Flag Semaphores 01: Eboli, 2020
Single-channel video, 4'46min
Our on-going series, 'Flag Semaphores' looks at a variety of material centered on visual and verbal communication to phantom spaces and people across vast distances. In this short film, ‘Eboli’ we pay homage to one of the first pieces of source material we encountered in the fall of 2019. The memoir, ‘Christ Stopped at Eboli’ by Carlo Levi, is a deep inquiry into the effects of fascism, poverty, death, and civic redemption. The parallels to our shared global moment are clear. In the coming weeks we will be creating more short films with a variety of close collaborators. The full collection forms the full semblance of Flag Semaphores. - GRJB
GRJB, Flag Semaphores 02: Passenger Seat, 2020
Single-channel video, 3'15min
In Flag Semaphores 01, GRJB drove to the desert surrounding Los Angeles during lockdown and shot scenes to accompany the first chapter of Carlo Levi’s memoir. Flag Semaphores 02, written and performed by artist Alex Barlas, is a stream of consciousness about far off places, his father and the limits of empathy, captured within the confines of Barlas’ car parked in a Los Angeles garage. Flag Semaphores 03 is “a lullaby in reverse,” a haunting recitation by performer Sarajean Francois. Additional instalments of the film series will be released throughout the remainder of 2020 and into 2021.
GRJB, Flag Semaphores 03: Anti-Lullaby, 2020
Single-channel video, 1'40min
GRJB, Los Angeles, 2020
Single-channel video, 1'53 min