Obsolescere: The Thing is Falling

"Obsolescere: The Thing is Falling" is a theatrical performance presented in a darkened black box theatre using automated lighting and audio. Over the course of thirty minutes several objects (a first generation Ford Taurus, a vinyl record and record player, seven fluorescent light bulbs, a goldfish, a bushel of cornstalks, a pile of Encyclopedia Britannica's, and a rusting cast iron portrait bust of Anthony Marcellini) who are voiced by actors, narrate on their present, past or future state of obsolescence; the moment their usefulness to humans becomes uncertain. The performance is MCed by a realistic model of a common  house cat, who comments on each objects state of being and makes jokes about the difficulties of human/object and human/animal relations. The title is drawn from the Latin obsolescere--"falling into disuse". The idea that an object falls out of use over the course of time suggests obsolescence is not a fixed point, but an active and fluctuating state, one which can be reversed. A film of the performance was produced with Kalim Armstrong of Vacationland Films.

Commissioned by Emily Zimmerman for EMPAC, Troy, NY

Media: Performance/Installation with sound, house cat replica, lamp, used armchair, Ford Taurus, vinyl record, record player, fluorescent light bulbs, goldfish, glass goldfish bowl, a bushel of cornstalks, 4 Editions of Encyclopedia Britannicas, and a cast iron portrait bust
Dimensions: Variable
Date: 2014

Voice Actors
Bridget Michael - Cat
Kay Shelton - Fluorescents
Michael Stone Richards - Encyclopedias
Anthony Marcellini - Sculpture
Anthony Marcellini and Sam Gutterman - Vinyl Record
Jaclyn Strez - Car
Robert Pierson - Corn

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