January 23, 2020 - premiere screeening at Sie FilmCenter
January 24, 2020 - online release
Cadet Chapel | Chapel Cadet is a video by artist Jaimie Henthorn that explores the relationship between the iconic United States Air Force Academy Cadet Chapel and military drill.
Scored by American electronic music producer Kate Simko, in collaboration with the London Electronic Orchestra, the work reads like a pop music video both in its short duration and use of electronic dance music. Using visual, auditory, and conceptual repetition, the video focuses on the association between individual and community, as well as spirituality and defense.
“Each of my performance investigations engages a modernist building in deep conversation with the human body. I am interested in the way we move, learn to move, and are instructed to move in relation to these architectural structures, specifically in terms of power and identity.” – Jaimie Henthorn
By pairing a modernist icon that represents nondenominational spirituality with harmonious battle formations—all to the pulse of an electronic dance music score—the work is intended to be nonlinear and more exploratory than didactic. Cadet Chapel | Chapel Cadet subtly addresses the power dynamics associated with built environments, the military, and pop culture to reveal the complicated interconnections between physical, social, and psychological space.
the film short is available anytime, online
“The cadet honor guard featured in the video was chosen for me by the Air Force Academy, and I had a chaperone at all times. This degree of control over my actions was hugely influential over the final outcome of this work. Every day, young cadets form their sense of self and identity under the pressure of power structures that demand an orderly veneer – seventeen spires in a row, clean angles, symmetry, sheer perfection.” – Jaimie Henthorn
The video is curated and produced by Black Cube, scored by American electronic music producer Kate Simko, with video production by Profectum Media and Damien Moreau. Special thanks to the cadets who performed and the Airforce Cadet Chapel for allowing us to work on site and the Sie FilmCenter for hosting the screening.
The screening at Sie FilmCenter on January 23, 2020 is accompanied largely by a panel discussion, which focuses on three significant aspects framed within the video: the Air Force cadet experience, the psychological space of architecture, and the relationship between body and space.
Jaimie Henthorn, PhD (Moderator) — Artist, Choreographer, Director of Digital Education & Engagement at University of Colorado
Hanna Guckenberg — Cadet First Class at the United States Air Force Academy
Joseph Juhász, PhD — Professor Emeritus of Architecture and Environmental Design of the College of Architecture and Planning at University of Colorado
Shawn Womack — Choreographer, Professor at Colorado College’s Theatre and Dance Department
Cadet Chapel | Chapel Cadet is Jaimie Henthorn’s Black Cube Artist Fellowship commission. The video is curated and produced by Black Cube, scored by American electronic music producer Kate Simko, with video production by Profectum Media and Damien Moreau. Special thanks to the cadets who performed and the Airforce Cadet Chapel for allowing us to work on site.
Opened in 1962, the United States Air Force Academy Cadet Chapel is the most visited man-made tourist attraction in Colorado. The Cadet Chapel is currently closed for necessary repairs and renovations with an estimated completion date of late 2022. Henthorn’s timely work is a unique way to experience the Cadet Chapel’s architecture and its inherent meaning during its closure for restoration.
Jaimie Henthorn (b. 1978, Chicago) currently lives and works in Denver, Colorado. Henthorn uses site-specific performance to disrupt the understanding and experience of architecture. Henthorn has gained permission to create works at iconic sites such as the Bauhaus and the Salk Institute; by doing so her works often reveal under-represented truths of these historic structures. Through choreographed performances that relate to architectural space, Henthorn endeavors to shift perceptions of iconic spaces to foster a more dynamic relationship to all built environments. Most recently, she exhibited with Bas Fisher Invitational during Art Basel Miami, and other site-specific performances include the Mies van der Rohe Society, Denver Art Museum, and the Mori Art Museum. She will be one of the inaugural performers for the Momentary contemporary art space in Bentonville, AR. Henthorn holds a PhD in Creative Practice from Trinity Laban Conservatoire, London, and an MFA from Edinburgh College of Art, Scotland. She has published with the Journal for Artistic Research, Allotrope Press, Atopia Journal, and Metronome Press.