WATERLAND

WATERLAND

Project Description

A series of flashbacks and hallucinations between a young fighter pilot crashlanding above the Aleutian Island, and himself as a young child in Canada, struggling with fever. WATERLAND is a performance collaboration between composer Veronika Krausas, poet Andre Alexis, and artist Quintan Ana Wikswo. Narrated by John Payne with soprano Kira Dills-DeSurra. Available on DVD by Catalysis Projects.

Artist Statement

My first film project, WATERLAND was an opportunity to have a discussion with a poet through moving image instead of word. As Alexis created a version of himself as a feverish young boy hallucinating in Canada, I created a version of myself who I would have hallucinated in my youth: a dying airplane pilot. I was interested in this dialogue between past and future selves, real and imagined selves, and dialogue between artists’ creative selves.

Film

Performance

Credits

KRAUSAS/WIKSWO/ALEXIS “Waterland”
video installation for live performance
12 minutes 34 seconds
2010

Catalysis Projects
CatalysisProjects.com

video: Quintan Ana Wikswo QuintanWikswo.com
music: Veronika Krausas VeronikaKrausas.com
text: Andre Alexis
voice: John Payne
soprano: Kira Dills-DeSurra
sound design: Aron Kallay aronkallay.com
post-production: Studio Grushky studiogrushky.com

 

Performances:
Musee des Moulages de l’Universite de Lyon

Lyon, France

 

National Sun Yat-sen University
Kaohsiung, Taiwan

 

Livewire Festival
University of Maryland at Baltimore
California State University, Fullerton
Montana State University, Bozeman
Art Without Borders
Democracy Center of Cambridge
PIE: People Inside Electronics
Boston Court, Pasadena California