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AND, HERE WE ARE EXISTING WAS A COLLABORATIVE PERFORMANCE INSTALLATION CREATED BY MYSELF, HEATHER LINGER, AND SAM STEWART. WE PLAYED WITH DREAMS, SENSES, MEMORIES, THE IDEA OF HOME, ALL WITHIN THREE ELEMENTS OF HUMAN SURVIVAL: AIR, FOOD, WATER. THE TRIPTYCH INCLUDED 3 SWINGS HANGING FROM THE BIGGEST TREE IN THE MIDDLE OF ANTIOCH COLLEGE'S CAMPUS, WORDS ABOUT MEMORIES OF AIR AND BREATHING CREATED BY FOLKS FROM ANTIOCH—STUDENTS AND ALUMNI (MANY OF WHOM WERE AUDIENCE MEMBERS AND WITNESSED THE PIECE), A BED MADE OF PANCAKES, A RAINSTORM, AND A GLASS WALL OF PROJECTIONS WITH A RAIN DOOR (THROUGH WHICH AUDIENCE MEMBERS WE INVITED TO WALK). “MEMORIES OF DREAMS HOWEVER, WHICH ONLY POETIC MEDIATION CAN HELP US TO RECAPTURE, ARE MORE CONFUSED, LESS CLEARLY DRAWN. THE GREAT FUNCTION OF POETRY IS TO GIVE US BACK THE SITUATIONS OF OUR DREAMS. THE HOUSE WE WERE BORN IN IS MORE THAN EMBODIMENT OF HOME, IT IS ALSO AN EMBODIMENT OF OUR DREAMS. EACH ONE OF ITS NOOKS AND CORNERS WAS A RESTING PLACE FOR DAYDREAMING.” —GASTON BACHELARD, THE POETICS OF SPACE "YOU ARE ALIVE." —ODETTE CHAVEZ-MAYO PHOTOS BY DENNIE EAGLESON.
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