A MULTI-MEDIA ART EXPERIENCE
By Artist Andrew Ackerman
2016 SVA Summer Residency Open Studio Exhibition
The School of Visual Arts - Chelsea, NY - 7.8.16
You are about to participate in a unique art experience. This is a sensory experience akin to that of the Experience
which took place on July 8, 2016. You will connect with the deeper range of meanings, intentions and expressive channels communicated in this project. Have a pair of headphones by your side, ready to place upon your head when invited. You've just entered the inner sanctum of Andrews Art World.
This is the domain of the Changeling.
WATCH: The Promo Video
Changeling is a painting completed in 2010. It has bene featured in several exhibitions between 2010 and 2012. The Changeling is a creature which creates its own culture of constant change. The Changeling became the f subject for Changeling Faces.
Detail of The Changeling.
Domain of The Changeling
Domain of The Changeling is a painting completed in 2017. It deals with ideas of surveillance, safety and Society. The Changeling is center again. This is his liberation form societal labels. he was once caged. Now he roams free as a free creature once again.
THE STORY OF THE CHANGELING
CHANGELING FACES is described in three paintings: Birth, Life and Release of The Changeling. The three paintings are described
in audio consisting of rock songs with spoken word. The audio tracks correspond to the imagery in the paintings and the surrounding habitat.
SOUNDS FROM THE ROOM
Enter the domain of the Changeling. A cacophony of Alien sounds enter your ear drums. Sounds that rise and fade. Sounds that twist and turn. These are washing sounds, honking sounds scratching sounds. From water flow to taxi cabs. Just as we are inundated with the labels of society, so we are inundated with the sounds of our world. But there is some order in the piano and the metronome sounds. The track was played on a revolving loop. Navigate your earthly body through this strange soundscape. These are The Sounds From The Room.
To re-create a similar experience as the original, keep this track on while you move through the Changeling habitat. The sounds will echo through your footsteps and keep you grounded in the Changeling's story.
SOUNDS FROM THE ROOMArtist Andrew Ackerman
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FOR FULL IMMERSION
Paintings hooked up to hearts.
Hearts hooked up to headphones.
You are invited to listen in.
You are hearing the very heartbeat of The Changeling.
THE SHADOWLAND DARK FOREST
Enter through a darkened land. Entrenched in dark shadow puppets and illuminated ritual symbols. Composed of skins of ash and tar, the Changeling hides inside the shallows of the shadows. Protection from angry villagers and wild creatures who feed on love based organisms. But they can't find the Changeling when he's changing. It becomes his place fo rest before returning to the lights of society.
Experiencers are invited to feel the tactile nature of the ShadowLand Dark Forest.
Birth of The Changeling
Music For Painting 1
THE RED RIVER
The Red River is the Lifeblood of the Changeling. It is the umbilical cord. It is the body of crimson liquid which carries the Changeling from Painting and sound works one to Paintings and sound works two. The Red River flows down from Painting 1 and rolls across the habitat floor.
Life of The Changeling
Music For Painting 2
Life Of The Changeling
Release of The Changeling
Music For Painting 3
Release of The Changeling
Changeling Faces: Inside The Alien Domain
CREATING THE EXPERIENCE
Changeling faces is the first immersive experience project from Andrews Art World. It would be an experimental breeding ground which would lay the foundation for my future immersive projects. It involves painting, sound, performance and installation. Re-imagine re-inhabit the space, tell the story. It became a performance venue for which to produce some of the songs Live. I had intended to include video as well but it did not make the final experience, instead, a video would be presented about the journey of this process. Moreover, the next experience project would center around video, building on and expanding on elements established in this project.
This project's origins go back to 2008 with the creation of .the Changeling painting. Accomplished in my studio in Boca Raton, Florida. The character
formed there. In 2015, I revisited the character in Domain of The changeling. In 2016, my acceptance into the SVA Summer Residency Program, in New York City became the means of bringing my first immersive project together. I had started developing the skeleton for such a project already, but the majority of the work was accomplished in the one month period of the residency.
The majority fo my time and energy was centered around this work. To make my visions a reality.
I transformed my studio into an alien habitat. Large Tarps nailed to the wall and laid across the floor of my summer studio in Chelsea.Reams and reams of electrical tape.
Below, a future video presentation.
Changeling Faces: LIVE Performance
The Live Set
Exit - Exist
EXIT EXIST was a project within a project. A feature of Changeling Faces. Centered around birth, life and death. The Red River turns into the connective cord into the afterlife, the other realm, the umbilical cord that is thrown down into darkness. The darkness was hiding inside of the closet at the other side of the doorway of the habitat realm.
INSIDE CHANGELING FACES: A FUTURE VIDEO PRESENTATION
A project highlighting the journey of creating Changeling Faces.
Featuring photo, sound and video. Plus, Artist commentaries on the story and vision behind Changeling Faces.
Trailer Coming Soon.