Variation for Field and Piano
VARIATION FOR FIELD AND PIANO is a performance and resulting installation in response to Hunter Noack’s performance of In a Landscape at Willamette University’s Zena property. Using the property’s natural and social histories, as well its projected futures as a guide, the Cayla Skillin-Brauchle and Cal Lawton and a team of colorful performers respond in real time to environmental, musical, and visual cues. In particular the artists created this piece in response to the prevalence of the invasive species Queen Anne’s Lace throughout the fields of Zena, the history of controlled burns throughout the Willamette Valley, the practice of tagging natural features by foresters and restorationists, and notions of cooperation and play central to the art movement Fluxus.
This project is included in Emergency Index Vol. 8.