(c) Monica LoCascio, 2018, Photography: Peter Kainz

Resonance Practice + Circle Process

Resonance Practice. Performance -- three bodies, chalk, string, fascia tape, metal finger appendages, symbols, recorded sound.
Circle Process. Installation -- paper, transparencies, nylon string, light, shadow.

“One of the most important aspects of waves is that they are encoders and carriers of information. When two waves are in phase, and overlap each other-technically called ’interference’-the combined amplitude of the waves is greater than each individual amplitude. The signal gets stronger. This amounts to an imprinting or exchange of information, called ‘constructive interference’. If one is peaking when the other is troughing, they tend to cancel each other out-a process called ‘destructive interference’. Once they’ve collided, each wave contains information, in the form of energy coding, about the other, including all the other information it contains. Interference patterns amount to a constant accumulation of information, and waves have a virtually infinite capacity for storage.” Lynne McTaggart

Resonance Practice is a practic-based performance exploring the interaction of bodies on separate trajectories. What happens when they come into contact? How do those bodies experience and acknowledge the connection? And how do the repercussions of the collision resonate out of the impact location and through the bodies themselves? These questions are explored as the three performers travel and collide on circles, drawn by hand and at random, and perhaps using different performers’ body parts as radius references, that define both the personal paths of the performers, as well as the collective space of the performers and audience. This work comes out of the artist’s exploration of large bodies and structures in space (see Circle Process), and is informed by her interest in biological sensing mechanisms.

Circle Process in an installation of paper, layering, and shadow studies stemming from “The Great Wall”, a sculpture by LoCascio that will be shown at the Naturhistoriches Museum Wien on June 19th, 2018 in collaboration with Hubble. The sculpture is inspired by the notion of the cosmic web, and humans’ desire to view the large-scale structure of the Universe as a network. The installation explores how structure is formed in space based on astronomical maps of the BOSS Great Wall, a supercluster complex located at approximately 5 billion light years from earth. The piece offers a meditation on questions related to connection and separation: Though the luminous galaxies are separated by vast distances, and yet they are holding onto each other. They are connected.

Monica C. LoCascio (b. 1984) is a multi-media artist focusing on questions of resonance, connection, and interference, particularly within and between bodies. Her work is influenced by a range of topics, from biophotonics, particle entanglement, and intelligence in nature, to memory, non-linear time, and geometric principals. Unattached to a particular medium, she uses traditional academic research techniques to inform her explorations in medium and form.

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Resonance Practice + Circle Process
June 05, 2018