An associative history of the Yves Saint Laurent perfume Opium.
Considering the etymology of Orientation from The Orient.
Considering Orientalism as a discourse where knowledge is used as a form of domination.
Considering bodily resistance through perspective, sense and improvisation.
After East Asian Landscape painting and the motif of mist as a point of transformation, industrial humidifiers circulate an infusion of plants related to memory, migration: time.
A live essay changes with each performance and site.
Infinite vanishing points against the carceral gaze of linear perspective.
A malfunction on Google Earth locates Palestine at the bottom of the ocean, a psychic interviews a field of Poppies and a score for a hologram is spoken by the first female Butoh dancer, Hiroko Tamano.
Duty Free Performance Notes
Published in I can call this progress to halt ed. by Suzy Halajian
Commissioned by Kristan Kennedy for Portland Institute of Contemporary Art presented at TBA16 in Make-up on Empty Space, Protuberances at LAXART curated by Jess Arndt and Catherine Taft, Seattle Art Fair Special Projects: Union Station curated by Laura Fried and Park View/Paul Soto
3 channel HD video, animation, color, sound, 9' x 6' and 13' x 10, 30:00
Ultrasonic disks, fans, plastic buckets, herbal infusion made with Sun Song of Poppy, Plantain, Gingko, Mugwort, Siniuichi
Park View/ Paul Soto at Karen Huber Gallery for Condo Mexico City
Live video essay
Performance, HD video, animation, color, sound
Projected onto 6.75' x 18' fabric and paper