Maraya: Sisyphean Cart Premieres at ISEA2014
After a mad scramble with terrific support from AUD folks (thanks Woodman Taylor, Terry May, John Imperial, Alfred custodian, AUD staff), we set up the cart, video screens with footage from the PTZ (pan-tilt-zoom surveillance camera embedded in the centre of the cart) and slide show of the cart being pulled along Vancouver's False Creek. Simon, Glen and Henry gave a talk, perhaps the most brief and hopefully most succinct, about Maraya and this new, latest and probably final project. A huge wave of relief washed over us, as this artwork represents the culmination of 7 years of research and experiments.
The evening included a ribbon-cutting ceremony with Woodman and ISEA2014 organizer Janet Bellotto, mercifully concise speeches, chicken biryani, an interactive dance performance, then bus rides to other galleries around Dubai. Tomorrow the conference starts at Zayed University where Glen will give a presentation on Maraya's history and context.
And then there's the pulling of the cart along Dubai Marina – anyone want to help out and join us?