Visiting Artist | November 9-20, 2010
A multidisciplinary performance work conceived by Dean Moss, developed in collaboration with contemporary Korean sculptor, installation artist and poet, Sungmyung Chun. Nameless forest explores subjectivity and the nature of perception by both translating Chun’s installations into live action, and questioning the act of translation itself. Structured in three parts, Nameless forest features diary fragments and war zone imagery by photojournalist Mike Kamber, neon sculpture from artist Gandalf Gavan, an original score by environmental and found sound composer Stephen Vitiello, lighting and technical design by Vincent Vigilante, and costumes by Roxana Ramseur. The work is embodied by a cast of six individual performers, each representing a unique combination of cultural traditions and contemporary, dance, music, and theater practices. Nameless forest continues Moss' formal investigations of both the dialogue between self and other, and the role of the audience in the performance experience. Up to 12 audience members join the cast onstage for each performance, reflecting, through their undirected response, the community's role (and risk) in the perceptually individual and existential nature of art making.
At MANCC, Moss and the cast worked specifically on developing individual performances and the uniquely immersive audience participation sequences of Nameless forest: directly engaging the FSU students in several physical explorations and lively discussions.
Nameless Forest premiered at The Kitchen May 19th-28th, 2011.
A full version of Nameless forest is available on Vimeo.