Filmed by Carole Kim, edited by Christine Marie.
GROUND TO CLOUD. Cultural mythology meets technological history in an analog, gliche-filled non-linear, kinetic experience. Concept design and direction by Christine Marie.
Personally inspired by a decade of creating performances with Balinese artists who devote their art to their gods, the experience of Ground to Cloud takes its form from wayang kulit shadow theater. During a wayang, the audience may view the performance on the shadow-side or walk around the screen to sit on the side of the dalang to watch the movements of the puppeteer-priest, the gamelan and the puppets as they are illuminated by flame.
For Ground To Cloud, the performers, composer and myself worked together building the performance up from improvised movements and associated research in pursuit of an answer to the core question: how do we honor the gods of this art? –the ancient form –the electricity that fuels it –the masculine and feminine principles –the historical western mythologies of scientific discovery and religious folklore. Ground To Cloud, is a dynamic and open exploration upon the human need to be connected.
Ground to Cloud premiere at the Cal Arts Ensemble theater, versions of the work later appeared at Under the Radar/ RadarLA, the TED conference, and the San Francisco Exploratorium.
The visual story is woven from historical data relating to the invention and mythology of electricity including Saint Barbara –the patron saint of lighting and fire, Ben Franklin's kite, Nikola Tesla and the lightbulb, equations of power, electric shock and ground to cloud lightning.