October 1, 2015
Desirée Holman was a 2015 Black Cube Artist Fellow. Sophont in Action was an otherworldly performance that combined choreographed dances with video projection mapping on the sandstone rock formations in Colorado’s Red Rocks Park.
Black Cube Artist Fellow, Desirée Holman, presents Sophont in Action a site-specific performance that featured residents of the local community. This elaborate live performance built on Holman’s body of work exploring the overlapping terrain of New Age mysticism, science fiction, and technology. The performance brings to life the full spectrum of related sub-cultures and their influence on the mainstream through investigations of the past, present, and future.
About the term ‘Sophont’
The term ‘sophont’ was coined by science fiction author Poul Anderson to describe intelligent beings with extraordinary emotional and reasoning capacity.
Identified by their gauzy smocks and flashing screens, ‘Sophont in Action’ Guides direct the audience along their journey.
These characters represent the elders who experienced the American ‘60s counterculture movement and embrace ideas of communalism and modern incarnations of Bohemianism. Inspiration for their sculptural headgear comes from an equal mixture of tinfoil hat and recent wearable technologies such as Google Glass. The animated helmets search for signals in an attempt to make contact with the beyond. Marked by their Psionics helmets and white linen frocks emblazoned with marbleized cosmic patterns, these psychic-fiction human hybrids have the ability to move backward and forward in time.
The Ecstatic Dancers believe that through focused free-formed dance they can effect positive change in the world. Informed by the culture of Conscious Dance, they practice the New Age ideologies of self-spirituality and individualism. These characters don calf-length unisex robes with designs based on Holman’s paintings of outer space and auras.
Indigo children, according to a pseudoscientific New Age concept, are children who are believed to possess special, unusual, and sometimes supernatural traits or abilities – such as telepathy. These digital natives embody techno-advanced intelligence and are often described as those who will usher in the next stage in human evolution. Adorned with indigo dyed costumes and hands, these characters are believed to be highly empathic and to possess psychic abilities.
This exhibition was made possible through partnership with Denver's Arts & Venues.
Time Travelers: A'ra Blair, Martin A. David, Linda Graham, Maribeth Flanagan, Patricia Jones, Barbara McGhee, Bruce Price
Ecstatic Dancers: Lauren Beale, Alice Glamoure, David Grigorian, Brooke McNamera, Leatizia Imàn Moussaid, Kevin Tenorio
Indigo Children: Lila Beale, Pierce Benard, Marcus Crawford, Deshawn Davis, LaRyssa Scott, Clio Torbenson, Tian Torbenson, Maylin de la Trinidad, Palmer Woelfel, Udo Zeile
Guides: Peggy Espinosa, Patrick Mueller, Tay Melone, Leodis Smith, Sarah Szeto, Alyssa Torre
Angel Deradoorian, Dance, 2013. 11
min. 19 secs. Courtesy of the artist.
Desirée Holman, Director/ Artist
Cortney Lane Stell, Curator
Control Group Productions, Choreographer
Ruth Bruno, Producer
Lucas McMahon, Production Manager
Andrew Almanza, Intern
Dave Fodel, Technical Advising
Katelyn Simkins, Makeup
Chad Robertson, Bus Production Assistant
Carli Franks, Shop Manager
Kerry Kiley, Wardrobe