Odditorio | A Performative Installation 2019
Iteration 1 | Work in Progress| International Premiere
Ei! Marionettas Festival, Porto Portugal
Troy Hourie Installation Artist | Creator
enVide neFelibata Oddity Doll | Puppet Artisan
Andrew Gaboury Clown | Movement Specialist
Jerimiah Owens Composer | Sound Artist
Constantinos Soutos Media Technician
Special thanks to Teatro e Marionetas de Mandrágora
Artistic Directors: Clara Ribeiro, Filipa Mesquita and enVide neFelibata
In this iteration, I collaborated with enVide neFelibata in modifying the oddity dolls from the first iteration as well as building cabinets of wonder for each of the central characters. Each oddity doll was built from creepy vintage doll parts and found furniture wood turnings. Likewise, each cabinet of wonder is an assemblage of an antique Portuguese wood chair, a side table and a cabinet window.
The artwork was installed at the Casa Branca da Gramido as a mediated art installation exhibition for the duration of the festival and on two nights, I as the creator, animated the objects and space as a performance with my collaborators. We explored the use of live feed layered with prerecorded video from rehersal to skew perception of reality, time and space. This performance was two fold, a thirty minute immersive performance and then a twenty minute audience interaction piece where the spectators manipulated and discovered moments in the artwork, which triggered my collaborators to play music, project video and/or interact with them to encourage active participation.
Odditorio | A Performative Installation combines installation the art,
puppetry, media and performance aspects of my practice. This artwork will merge
two long-term creative projects I have speculated during my career into one
immersive performative installation. (I have created the term ‘performative
installation’ to encapsulate my intentions as an artist to include myself (or
the creative process) as a performance element in an installation artwork).
Firstly, I have been inspired by Carlos Vilardebó’s film documenting Alexander
Calder at play with his artwork “The Circus” in which he builds a narrative
through the animation of the artwork itself. The discovery of this piece has
already influenced past works where I have inserted myself as a performer in
the artworks I created. As a scenographer, the second creative work I have
longed to experiment with is Sweeney Todd, based on a penny dreadful story
String of Pearls. Several outcast characters have been re-envisioned as the
members of the side show in an amusement park like Coney Island. I have merged
the carnivalesque with steam punk to expose the mechanics of movement of the
environment. Four characters have become oddity dolls/puppets, built from found
objects and toys and inhabit their own cabinet of wonder which collectively have
built a evocative installation landscape. Eventually, I speculate that the
piece will evolve into a short performance where I unpack the installation
through play in front of an audience, building the installation around them as
I go. Once the space has been established, the audience will then be invited to
interact with it.
Note: Odditorio has replaced the name Freaks from previous iterations.