A live feed video performance

All music by Sean Petell


Part I


Performed at Dixon Place, New York, NY. June 2019 in the festival Concrete Boom Vol. 2

A galactic journey through a wall vent, presenting a creation myth of the microscopic universe with a-morphous textures, galactic imagery, and spinning orbs.


Part II


Developed in the St. Ann's Puppet Lab and performed during LABAPALOOZA 2018. St. Ann’s Warehouse, Brooklyn, NY.
June 2018

Music composed and performed by Sean Petell.

All stage photography by Teddy Wolff




About


The video performance Buena Vista is about creating beautiful environments and landscapes with common household goods and detritus, and through the use of video cameras onstage that act as microscopes, these things are enlarged on a projector for the audience to see. This piece is an abstract take on puppetry; rather than creating a performance with figures Buena Vista is concerned with the backgrounds and landscapes and how that can become a dynamic piece of puppet theater. In working on the show, I’ve developed a system of miniature theaters I call Bucket Theater. These contraptions have rows of color changing LED lights, a small port hole for a camera to look into, a funnel for pouring liquids, small fans to blow air around, pumps to draw liquid in and out, and hoses for fog to enter. The bucket theaters were the focus of this performance.

All music and sound design for the performance is created by Sean Petell. Similar to the video, the composition of the score is done in guided, but mainly improvised sessions reacting to the visuals. The score is etherial, ominous, fun, and sometimes groovy.

This project is made possible, in part, with funds from the Media Arts Assistance Fund, a regrant partnership of the New York State Council on the Arts Electronic Media and Film Program and Wave Farm, with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature.

It was also made possible through the St. Ann’s Warehouse Puppet Lab supported in part by the Henson Foundation.