Collaborators: Nathan Griswold, Nicole Johnson, and Sean Hilton (dance), Jesse Tyler (music), Reanna Osler (text), Kelly Tipton (production), Eric Harris and Jimmy Joyner (costume). 

Prism Study no.1, an installation and performance, centered around Plexiglas frames for isolating encounters, emotions and experiences expressed though multiple genres of art and public interaction. The installation and performance took place along Atlanta’s new transit loop connecting 45 neighborhoods through 22-miles of railroad corridor. Art on the Beltline is a curated outdoor gallery that exists for three months each fall. The beltline offers the opportunity for random encounters, exchanges and unexpected moments with one’s community, environment and city. The installation created a way to extract and magnify moments that occur in public spaces, as well highlighting how a location has multiple identities full of rich stories.

The performance began with individual artists cycling through the prism like clockwork and culminated with the collaborators coming together to create a performance experience. The artists arrived to the installation in the same way as the public will encountered it; walking along the Beltline. There were periods of rest in which the community was given the freedom to interact with the installation and imbibe their own sense of play and storytelling. The viewer may have witnessed one event within the work or lingered to observe the through-line unfold as all of the individual expressions coalesce into the main event. 

Installation from September-November 2014 on the Reynolds Town BeltLine Trail

 Prism Study no.1 premiered Sunday, September 21, 2014

Film by Alex Zhuravlov

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