After a 20-minute break after the Rhizome-curated series of teleconferencing digital artists (including Jeremy Bailey, Constant Dullaart, Petra Cortright, and JODi), I settled into my favorite white Toyota smack dab in front of the screen at the Empire Drive-In.
There was anticipation in the air as two women clad in a sheep-head covering milled about, and a promising image projected on the screen:
Sheepwoman is the live cinema experience by SUE-C and Laetitia Sonami. The story is of the Sheepwoman, an entity who lives in the folds of shadows. She acts like a switchboard connector, making connections between dreams and reality and helping us not to forget.
The piece is as dreamy as its description. The two artists sat at the front of the room, working out of what looked like gypsy theater traveling kits. The suitcases were packed with cutouts, film strips, blinking lights, colorful spinning propellers, and flashlights. It might sound simple, with the artists manipulating the items under the lights, but there was something extremely charming about the process. The pair worked silently at the front of the room, their sheep caps almost childish, but what was showing on the screen was extremely sophisticated.
Watching the lights and the shadows, I became entranced, lost in that half reality/half fantasy space that is created on the screen. The music pulled you deeper into the fold, much of it inspired by the writing of Haruki Murakami. I succumbed fully into the idea that the Sheepwoman was here to help me connect, its effect often entrancing and haunting.
For more films, be sure to drop by the Empire Drive-In every afternoon for matinee showings.