Since 1996, Vessel, under the direction of Rachel Bowditch, has been creating site-specific 'atmospheric' performances which transform the street into a stage for large-scale public art events and festivals in New York City, Philadelphia, France, and Arizona from Times Square, Grand Central, Central Park, Tompkins Square Park, the Scottsdale Museum of Modern Art, the Phoenix Art Museum, the Mesa Arts Center, the Philadelphia Art Museum, the New York and Philadelphia Fringe festivals, the desert of Sedona, Arizona and Imperial Dunes, California among other sites. Since the first performance of Transifx over 20 years ago, Vessel has developed 13 new 'atmopsheric' performances. Exploring the "art of presence" the silent performers move at a glacial pace, revealing the poetry and beauty of the mundane. Weaving in and around urban architectural spaces, the passerby, not expecting to see a performance stops in their tracks, transfixed.
The video is a collection of images from Vessel's 'atmospheric' performances over the past 20 years.
Image: Aurora: Painted Desert, Petrified Forest, AZ. Collaboration with Rolling Stone photographer, Scott London, 2015.