Above are laser engravings of The Waiting Room that I made using the Forge maker space in Greensboro, NC, during my residency at Elsewhere Museum. I made four engravings into the backs of mirrors, so that the laser took off the mirrored backing and made white/transparent negative space. The positive space is mirrored, and when they are stacked (as they are in these photos) the layer behind illuminates and shows through the upper layer in a ghostly way. The wood panel engravings are smaller, smell great, and are nicely textured from the deep dithering. The mirrors are on display at Elsewhere Museum in North Carolina.
During my residency at Elsewhere Museum The Waiting Room installation became a series of Auditions, looking for local musicians to conduct the room’s music while I conducted the various feedback loops of Bureaucracy necessary to keep guests waiting. Gary Heidt of Perceiver of Sound League ended up being the conductor I called back on for the October First Fridays Happening, where a big turnout of Greensboro artists came and waited in the room. Above are clips from his Audition, and below are from the final happening conducted with fellow Perceiver of Sound League maestros Bryan Crotts, Laurent Estoppey, Aurora Echo, and Gavin Glass.
[Edit 10/11/21] Here is the last performance I was involved in for the Oct. 1st happening, with Briana and Benjamin from the Etc. Collective–
The Waiting Room – Auditions This video is an ad for auditions to conduct the waiting room installation made during my residency at Elsewhere Museum, Greensboro, NC, Sept-Oct 2021. Read more about the project below–
[Edit 10/07/21] Here are more ads from the happenings. Videos from the Oct. 1st Finale coming soon, still in the cutting room.
[[About the Project]] Seeing that there was a Bureau of Illumination [Installation by Elicia Epstein] at Elsewhere, J.R. decided that there must also be a waiting room, as there is always waiting involved in any bureaucratic process. In a waiting room there is typically music, seating, and frustration. In this waiting room there are unupholstered musical chairs, rolls of fabric, and instruments. The room and the objects themselves are put into a state of waiting for completion. Visitors are provided with the materials to work and create while waiting, in a process that both alleviates their frustration and saves the bureau a lot of money. The waiting room is currently inviting guests to wait for an audition to conduct the room’s music and seating arrangements.
“I propose that we sort these objects in the room next door to the Bureau O.I. so they may in waiting coalesce into a room of musical chairs that will help the public feel they are still in movement during the slow process of self illumination, which can often take a lifetime.”