The gasoline puddle creates rainbows because the oil and water interface reflects. The thickness of the oil layer is less than the wave lengths of the different colours of light and reflects the different frequencies at different phases causing interference cancelling and also different angles of refraction.
In this project, a silhouetted dancer performs an interpretative dance of eloquent movements, grand swooshes and cutting arm gestures. Live video captures and mirrors the viewer, embeds them below the interpretative dancer, just as in the gasoline puddle, the water floats the gasoline atop of it. Her energetic dance is slowed to a meditative study of gracefulness. Further video manipulations shift and fragment her silhouette, as the light is refracted between the gasoline and the water, stretching out time before the viewer, inviting reflection by the viewer as they see mirrored glimpses of themselves beneath the distortions.
This project allows the viewers to become the subjects as well as co-creators, providing another path for viewers to re-contextualize environment and re-imagine themselves, like the rainbow transforms the gasoline puddle into something momentarily wonderful.
Participate in this transformation at:
SSSHHHH!! Quiet Music at the Alameda Library
May 5, 8PM-10PM, 2012
1550 Oak Street