TOUCH ME IN KANSAS

A new development by the American Laboratory.*

First developed and mounted at the Soapbox Gallery (soapboxgallery.org) under the direction and guidance of gallery director, Jimmy Greenfield and curator, Marine Cornuet.

This footage was taken by Pedro Feria Pino (pedroferiafoto.viewbook.com/).

from mamapedia.com/article/how-can-i-get-my-boys-to-stop-wrestling-and-being-so-rough

B.D. asks from Houston, TX on December 20, 2010 I'm having a really hard time reining in the rough-housing, [horse play], and wrestling that's going on. Now it is an issue at home. I've only been told that they would rough-house with each other when they were combined in the same room in the late afternoon. I've tried talking to them about it, but they're boys...they don't listen and when I try to separate them, they just try to get back to one another. I'm at my wit's end as to what to do here.

 

   

ROCKPORT PUBLIC LIBRARY   

A new development by the American Laboratory.*

Gutting the prose of fourteen novels on the American High School Reading List, a dialogic, pastiche of literature contextualizes the return of two youths to their childhood home of Rockport, Massachusetts. In this athletic shedding of memory, two American Laboratory interpreters pedal out of a receding suburban scene accompanied by the found sounds and footage of a forgotten New England landscape. Within this work, nostalgia is made digital and memory is made tactile in a space where the real and the unreal coexist.
(Project Coordinators, Michael Stablein, Jr. & Kirin McCrory)

*This first phase of Rockport Public Library was developed at 168 Powers in Brooklyn, NY. With the generosity and commitment of space founder, Jesse Kane-Hartnett, we were provided with a temporary home to break ground on this newest work. The installation was made possible through the financial support of friends, family, colleagues, and the Kickstarter community.

(The on-site footage from Rockport, Mass. was captured by Pedro Feria Pino. The performance footage was documented by Ian Wexler. Edited by Michael Stablein, Jr. with assistance of Benjamin Peterson.)