Monday, March 9, 2020

Phantom Frequencies

Millville, NJ
June 2, 2019

in collaboration with Laura Baird

Phantom Frequencies was a site-specific installation and performance featuring glass instruments made with the WheatonArts glass artists. The project riffed off Wheaton's origins in the 1970s as a fake Victorian village. Sited in the museum's lobby, a simulated Victorian parlor, the piece channeled the spirit of parlor music played by amateurs in their living rooms during the 19th century. Composer/multi-instrumentalist Laura Baird and I designed the instruments inspired by historic glass objects in Wheaton's collection and composed an original score that mined the history of glassmaking in South Jersey and TC Wheaton's rise from seasick sailor to pharmacist to glass factory owner.  The piece explored the myriad ways glass can speak in a dialogue between the ghosts of Wheaton's past and the glass of some imagined future.

Part of the group show Emanation 2019, curated by Julie Courtney.

 Performance photos by Ryan Collerd
Installation photos by Neighboring States. 
Video by Greenhouse Media.