A Short Play for Changing Tides
performed three times in a loop
Commissioned by the Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego. 45 minute duration, June 29th 2017, San Diego, CA. Documentation by Amy Reid
In 1898 Polish scientist Dr. Maire Curie discovered radium, within her lifetime was awarded 2 noble prizes, and her development of Xray technologies and experiments with radium saved countless souls. During the late 1800's Curie was subject to countless cases of misogynistic attacks through systems of patriarchy.
In this play we find Goddess Curie in her laboratory along with her unseen but present patriarchal assistants. In this play aesthetics of radium are mixed with rave and protest. In the background we see Jennifer Steinkamp's seven channel synchronized projection Entitled Madame Curie, 2011. Forty different plants mentioned in Curie's biography written by her daughter were digitally rendered for the projection including chestnut blooms, marsh marigolds, may flower, and hop plant.
In 'A Short Play for Changing Tides' we find aesthetics of radium that are mixed with rave and protest; a layering of metaphors found through subversions of hierarchal forms of power.
The water has rushed in! We who have been held down have been reborn!
Life has been brought in and cared for by radioactive waves.
These fools bob for life! But we, we bare it!
Praise the seekers and doers! The shifting of tides!