In the spirit of the early vessels that once sailed the seas in search of new worlds. The Ark, an 18’ long x 12’ tall x 6’ wide mobile vessel will bring interactive art to the streets of San Jose. In alignment with Absolute Zero’s theme of Build Your Own World, the Ark creates an inner world where the public becomes both the performer and the viewer. Ramps on either end of the illuminated Ark will allow the public to enter the vessel at one end and journey to the other side. Participants on the inside of the vessel will be invited to manipulate handmade shadow puppets while those on the outside enjoy the magic and mystery of the dancing silhouettes. The shadow puppetry will provide an experience of equal pleasure for both the performer as well as the viewer who is compelled to engage their imagination to complete the image through their subject experience.
Commissioned by ZER01 for the 3rd 01SJ Biennial, and presented with the support of the James Irvine Foundation.