Joshua Tree, CA – 2019

Joshua Tree, CA – June 14, 2019

“Step out of the planet. Draw a circle a hundred feet round. Inside the circle are 300 things nobody understands and maybe nobody’s ever really seen. How many can you find” – Lew Welch

In 2013, I created a piece informed by this Lew Welch poem. I recently (2019) decided to revisit his words for a reinterpretation and as an entry point into a completely new series of work to be composed on different land masses. Here’s some documentation of circle #2 created in a remote area of Joshua Tree where I inscribed the circle right into the dusty earth.  I choreographed a piece where another artist, Mira Billotte and I walked in opposite directions of the circle while humming with the desert wind, trying to become one with its tune.  With each cycle around the perimeter, we moved closer to the center.  The person recording us, Spencer Keizer, was also part of the circle.  I had him wear binaural microphones to record our sound while encircling us.  His ears were receiving the sound that moved from far to close, low to high.   The piece was a vocal-spacial experiment attempting to extract within the energy of the wind, as it collided with the heat, the dry air and the sound waves between us.

composed by Helga Fassonaki
performed by Helga Fassonaki and Mira Billotte
movement and camera recording by Spencer Keizer