link to The University of Texas at Austin
link to College of Fine Arts


Mark Aguhar Daphane Park

Andrea Bonin James Willard Pierce

Kristina Felix Jen Frost Smith

Ryan Lauderdale



back to 2009-2010 exhibit index

back to main exhibit index

Creative Research Lab


Superconductor

Created by Daphane Park with Karen Dorothee Peters (Curator)

Sound by David Marshall, Rachael Bell, Derrick Barnicoat (SHRINES)

November 14 - 16

Creative Research Laboratory
2832 East Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd.
Austin, Texas 78702
CRL is inside Flatbed World Headquarters


As the debut performance to our month long exhibition, No Lone Zone, artist Daphane Park will live and perform in an amorphously shaped tent made from a skin of raw wool and felt, silk, metals and other materials. The layering of these materials was inspired by the principles of Wilhelm Reich’s 'Orgone Accumulator,' the tent is intended to ‘super conduct life force energy.’ Park refers to this nomadic structure as one of her ‘objects of performance.’

In this field of therapeutic frequencies, Park will perform a continuous three-day meditative act, rebuilding abandoned and broken guitars. The performance is a benediction to the destructive force inherent in the creative process. An accompanying sound composed for Superconductor by David Marshall (SHRINES) encourages the audience to participate in the meditation. The sound composition is influenced by discoveries of B-flat as a note associated with Black Holes, thought to actually produce matter through its very low hum. Park's endurance piece pays homage to those artists who self destructed at a young age, and is a meditation to inoculate others from being “pulled under” or suffering a similar fate.

Amongst the graveyard of broken musical instruments will hang a super-sized hammock commissioned by the artist from the Zapara people in Ecuador in its damaged state. The 'Hammock Mother', another object of performance, originally provided a platform of encounter and communal happening where up to twenty people could rest together in an outdoor exhibition space in the U.S. Tragically, it was recently destroyed in a mindless act of violence, which the artist feels reflects the Zapara's daily challenge to survive culturally and as a people. They are battling extinction and struggling to maintain their traditional territory. The Zapara live in the Amazon rain forest where Park has spent considerable time. The audience is invited to rest in two functional one person-sized hammocks, equally produced by the Zapara, that will be installed with the damaged 'Hammock Mother' in the exhibition space of Superconductor.