The Crow and Salmon Live Everywhere is a creative convergence of performance, virtual reality, motion capture, and sound, combined to make a space for your body to become a salmon or a crow. This collective work is an homage to the Crow and Salmon who teach us to imagine beyond human measures. This built immersive environment generates a new radically shared language of fabricated and assembled worlds and meanings. The artwork raises questions about the nature of movement, bodies, performance, and how these states recombine and activate new desire lines and ways of knowing.
This collaboration began with an invitation from Public Visualization Labs (Immony Mén and Patricio Davilo) to performance artists Ayumi Goto and Peter Morin before the start of the pandemic. The work is first brought forth in a park, Allan Gardens, where gestural movements of performance artists are translated into a virtual language through motion capture. The work continues safely-socially-distant, and masked-up, throughout the pandemic. Bi-weekly zoom meetings and follow-up motion capture sessions are then transformed into a full motion capture performance for Allan Gardens in summer 2020. These lines are followed into territories now called The Crow and Salmon Live Everywhere, a territory where Scents become Ghosts and Touch gestures memory.
Come to the centre of the room. Step inside. Put on the oculus. You are immersed in one of many desire lines mapping our world. You experience becoming a ghost, not yet knowing that a ghost actually touches the inside of everything. The Salmon are swarming. The Crows are swarming. There is a history of deep practice embedded in all of the decisions that open up, to invite you to join into this space. A song meets another song. Mother languages meet and become entangled. You are surrounded by a creative convergence of performance, virtual reality, motion capture, curator, and sound, combined to make a space for your body to become salmon, crow, self. The artwork is the portal for you to lose your human-ness, and return the more-than-human beings back to the centre.