“Rose-colored Dance” is a remediation (produced by Noah Travis Phillips) of a site-specific installation of Butoh-inspired scrolls collaged with imagery (by Jennifer Lord). The original site-specific installation was realized for “The Passage of Light Can Be Bent”, presented at Counterpath, in Denver, Colorado.
The video focuses on subtle and slow contemplative ‘movement’. Movements are repeated over and over until they form a pattern within which mood mystically changes. One scroll’s dance is vertical, the other horizontal. Within the video one layer of images scrolls horizontally and the other scrolls vertically. Collage is a traditional choreographic method of Butoh, and is used here as a means of creating complex spacial and symbolic arrangements. A minimal dance of imagery echoes the dark elegance of the original installation.
Who is Psychic Denim Bangs? (mystical punk, a part of all women, one and two) Who is 2swords? (tarot card, time keeper, archetypal image, one and two)
Psychic Denim Bangs is an approximately 9 minute video. It was conceived, created, and recorded collaboratively with Anna Winter. The soundtrack was made by Noah Travis Phillips. The viewer follows Psychic Denim Bangs through an ecstatic journey. She performs ritual actions and collects ritual objects through-out the video. She asks questions, which come from an Ojibwa picture-song, “An Imploration for Clear Weather.” The other character is 2swords, an image from the tarot. These two are both played by Anna Winter and Jennifer Lord lending the video a Lynchian flavor. As in altered states of consciousness, time is twisted and experienced non-linearly.
This work explores archetypal forces: as characters, as action, as location. Psychic Denim Bangs highlights place and environment. My Taiji Sword practice is expressed through this video, though in an unconventional way. This work is mysterious and intentionally open ended. It is the first adventure in the saga of Psychic Denim Bangs. This version was edited by Jennifer Lord. Anna Winter will make another story, using the same footage, lending further to the doubling inherent in the piece.