Peter Rose: Witness

Siren

Siren (1990, video installation) is a two-channel video work that proposes an "operatic" rendering of W.H.Hudson's "Green Mansions," a strange tale about journeys in the jungle, mysterious voices, and metaphysical tongues. The sound track is entirely vocal, a collaborative effort by David Moss and Peter Rose, with Jessie Jane Lewis and Anya Rose, and the computer-animated text/libretto was generated on a MacIntosh computer. The work premiered as a two-channel performance at the New Music America Festival in 1988 in Miami, was performed in Paris in 1989, and was installed as a two-channel laser disc installation at the Phila. Museum of Art from April to July 1990. Viewable at: http://www.ubu.com/film/rose_siren.html (read script)

Reviews:

"...poetry of the ear, delightful voice games of timbre, repetition and mis-reading that toss the fulsome text into a succulent, auditory fruit salad....packed with wit and audio-visual puns, the performance equivalent of giving your eyes and ears a Swiss needle shower."
Laurie Horn, Miami-Herald

"VOX 13 collection http://www.filmthreat.com/reviews/10801/"
David Finkelstein, FilmThreat

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