TRACKING the LABYRINTH
Central Library, Lobby Gallery
TRACKING the LABYRINTH
A multi-media installation by Diana Carulli, labyrinth artist and Nora Stephens, choreographer.
Our collaboration began spontaneously at Pier 84 on the Ba-Gua Labyrinth Diana painted and Nora danced upon in 2001. By the following New Years Day in Dublin, Ireland, Diana prepared a 7 circuit labyrinth on the beach at Sandymont Strand and Nora videotaped as friends dug the lines and walked the path. Since then each as pursued her own journey, Nora performing and showing her choreography and videos while Diana painting more labyrinths in public and private spaces. Inspired by Brooklyn Public Library's LOBBY GALLERY exhibition space at Central Library, they have teamed up once again, this time to develop a presentation and create a comprehensive exploration of the labyrinth. Welcome to the installation, please participate.
I am concerned with creating works in which others will participate. Labyrinths are ideal for my purpose as we have found them fascinating since prehistoric time. When I first learned through a friend that people were moving this way together, I had to learn how to make labyrinth paths. For me, they're like dance floors passersby suddenly happen upon. As I taught myself how to make them, I became convinced we needed to have labyrinths in public spaces in New York where we rush around so furiously. Just at the turn of the millennium, I was permitted by the Parks and Recreation Department to use paint on the asphalt of Union Square Park. Before that, only chalk was allowed, and it took me four years to get that far. Since then my temporary works for the city have numbered 7 and of those, 6 remain. I am hoping to design a world class pavement or botanical labyrinth for the city and am fundraising for that purpose.Contact Diana Carulli | www.dianacarulli.com
Nora Stephens' video works have been screened at the American Dance Festival in Durham, NC; Le Quinto Festival Internacional Video Danza in Buenos Aires, Argentina; and at CS 848 in San Francisco. Her choreography has been performed nationally and throughout New York City at such venues as the Brooklyn Museum, the Joyce Soho, The 92nd Street Y, the Mulberry Street Theater and University Settlement. She is currently working on a new piece in Mexico City.
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Diana Carulli, credit to Joseph Miceli
Nora Stephens, credit to Fotografia Itami, Mexico, D.F.