Created by Megan Mayer, November 2008.
I was interested in tensions created when a human form, all curves and jangled limbs, enters the space and intersects with the right-angled architecture and sterile textures of a cubicle. The movement score was inspired by a conversation about “dying at your desk” due to lack of retirement funds, and gloriously schmaltzy versions of “Moon River” (101 Strings and Lawrence Welk, respectively) provided an overall tone. We shot quietly, at night, and I layered in the music afterwards. Editing the footage initially felt overwhelming due to the many potential decisions I could make, but ultimately I found it exciting to compose the frame and choose when to employ movement, music, silence and stillness.
Megan Mayer is a performing artist, choreographer and photographer based in Minneapolis. A 2009 Momentum artist, her dancework has been commissioned by the Walker Art Center, Southern Theater, Minnesota History Center and Nicolas Lincoln. As a performer, she has had the great fortune of appearing in works by Charles Campbell, Laurie Van Wieren, Kevin Obsatz and Karen Sherman.
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