culture / nature / structure

Meghan Moe Beitiks
Systems of Pain/Networks of Resilience

Systems of Pain/Networks of Resilience (Moment 2) (2017)

A video following the material journey of a table through various sites from the Systems of Pain/Networks of Resilience project. Audio Describer Katie Murphy creates a soundtrack based on my research and interviews with project participants. Original table designed by Jason Friedes. An extended examination of observation and connection.

Systems of Pain/Networks of Resilience (Santa Fe) (2017)

 

A live performance, a chapter in Systems of Pain/Networks of Resilience. Interviews with Santa Fe locals about the diverted and hotly contested Santa Fe River. A performance with pinion logs, tablecloths, oranges, “Masculine” wallpaper, charcoal, and water from two points along the river. Plus two volunteer fishes. Audio description by Adam Harvey. Technical support by Alberto Romero. Thanks to the Santa Fe Art Institute.  Photos by Jane Phillips.

 

Systems of Pain/Networks of Resilience (New York 2) (2017)

A video chapter of the Systems of Pain/Networks of Resilience  project, to be embedded in an interactive sketch. Updates as available. Thanks to The Wassaic Project.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Systems of Pain/Networks of Resilience (Installation One) (2016)

As part of the Studios Midwest Residency in Galesburg, Illinois, I created Systems of Pain/Networks of Resilience (Installation One) at Knox College’s Gallery The Box. 

The piece featured documentation from SOP/NOR (Nebraska) on display in digital frames, as well as quotes from interviews for the piece in picture frames. The ashes of the broken/reassembled table from (Nebraska) were present, in a spilled jar, and the hardware from that table was used to secure the various cables in the installation. Various other props and artifacts from the (Nebraska) performance were also included.

The Box shares its space with  Johnson Wallcovering Company, which features a “Masculine Wallpaper” section. Among the log cabin and sailboat patterns was a “Pine Trail” Wallpaper of no particular visual stereotype or gendered connotation. I include this wallpaper in the installation as a way of questioning the gender assignment of this particular depiction of nature.

Systems of Pain/Networks of Resilience is an exploration of observation as a tool for recovery from imbalance and trauma in human and non-human processes. I interview people with personal and professional experience with processes of recovery, then draw upon those interviews to create performance scores, videos and installations.

 

 

Systems of Pain/Networks of Resilience (Compilation: Words and Fields) (2016)

Presented at RIXC Open Fields Conference in Riga, Latvia, 2016.

Systems of Pain/Networks of Resilience (New York) (2016)

Part of Systems of Pain/Networks of Resilience (sop-nor.tumblr.com/). Created at Residency 108.

Systems of Pain/Networks of Resilience (Nebraska) (2016)

Systems of Pain/Networks of Resilience is an exploration of observation as a tool for recovery from imbalance and trauma in human and non-human processes. In (Nebraska), I interview a naturalist, a political scientist, a physical trainer, a representative of the Nebraska Humane Society, a woodworker, a Hospital Chaplin, and a number of individuals and artists who are in recovery from physical or emotional trauma. The interviews create a performance score for a live performance and video, compelling a number of interactions with everyday objects, and a specially designed table by Jason Friedes. Photos by Colin Conces/Bemis Center for Contemporary Arts.