August 14, 2010
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Little Havana locals who happened to be at Sewell Park on the evening of August 14 were surprised and unanimously delighted by the flickering cocoon of dancing lines and ephemeral images created by our seven 16mm projections into the trees. Ricardo Lastre's amazing theatrical soundscape simulating the rituals and ceremonial drumming of a Misa Espiritual provoked curiosity, laughter and awe all at once. The flickering imagery was visible on both sides of the dense canopy, and was appreciated by those who went by on boats along the river as well as the passersby within the park itself. The effect was gorgeous, and the night absolutely magical. Soccer players, schoolchildren, parents pushing strollers, couples on romantic walks, and old Cuban guys with fishing poles all got in on the good outdoor fun, and we really experienced how a simple, strategically-placed public art intervention can have a tremendous impact on people in the community. Everybody had something to say, and by far most of it was intelligent, insightful, articulate and significant. People absolutely got it! So much for the myth of experimental film being an "elitist" medium. That is the one myth that I have most wanted to smash to smithereens during my entire career. Mil Gracias to all the good people at El Parque de las Palmeras for helping me to do just that.
Again: Thank you to my fine crew of amazing creative professionals.
The next installation of Elusive Landscape will be at Miami Beach Botanical Garden on Saturday, September 11 from 8-10 PM.
Video documentation by Kijik Media
Photos by Luis Olazabal, Blue Jazz Photo
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