The Stood Maze by Trouble is a life-size maze constructed with fabric, wooden pillars, and resin sculpture, held in place by a team of 35 performers. The structure is installed by the performance and envelopes a musical, or otherwise time-based, performance that takes place inside of the emerging maze structure.
Unlike a building or a home, the Stood Maze is an architectural structure that exists entirely due to the will of the people who hold it in place. While the Stood Maze actually inhibits the movements of audience, it also presents a performance structure that allows audience members to guide their experience entirely, in terms of their position in physical space and proximity to performance.
In this way, the Stood Maze inverts the performance ritual dynamic: in conventional performance, structure is largely articulated by the will of the audience to conform to ritual expectation, thus providing a platform for performers. In the Stood Maze, the performers will articulate structure, whereas the audience is entirely free to manifest their own vision of audienceship.
This Is Soon And That Was The Web This Is Going To Be… is a Multi media opera Commissioned by Xperiments in Opera. This Is Soon subverts the notion of vocalist driven opera by featuring a sign language interpreter as it’s lead. The interpreter grabs fragments of language from a meshwork of speech to text samples, generated and manipulated by a group of 6 electronic musicians who constitute the orchestra. The projection based setting is hybrid jungle and dystopian concrete edifice. This Is Soon is an homage to confusion, cognisant dissonance, unwanted and racing thoughts, and every other variety of otherized psychic experience.
Score is a live remix installation created by the band ZS for which Trouble provides an immersive projection installation. Remixers, with their laptops and portable studio equipment, enter the gallery space. Each remixer may download one or many tracks by ZS. Once downloaded, each remixer begins to work with the ZS tracks, making original remixes there in the gallery.
Remixers are invited by ZS and the presenting gallery to participate, but there is also an open call to interested parties. Any person with the appropriate equipment to participate may do so, provided they come at the prescribed time.
The projection environment in which the live remix installation takes place draws from the album art created for ZS by Fredrick and Mae for their 2012 box set by the same name, ‘Score’. The installation is sound interactive, and mapped to the dimensions of the venue in which the installation takes place.
Ushers greet attendees with a cleansing ritual as they enter Apparition, followed by overlapping environments of light, sound, and performance. Sprey: A Narrow Vehicle dramatizes this moment of entry using wind, moisture, leaves, and smoke, conveying the audience to roaming musical performances by special guest performers. Just beyond that, Dial, a sculptural projection screen, features live video projections and a 24-hour soundtrack.
Emanations in the back room offers a sacred-object gift shop staffed by a silent usher who refuses to sell. Using a photo-booth audience members can have their faces uploaded into a projected onto a deity.
Apparition began when EMPAC commissioned the entry piece Sprey: A Narrow Vehicle in 2011. The piece was then expounded upon through the pieces Dial, and apparition when Trouble was invited by the Invisible Dog Gallery in Brooklyn to present a weekend of performance installation in 2013. Apparition was also presented at the Museum of Transitory Art in Ljubljana, Slovenia in 2014.