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Ralph Lemon
Nov. 4 — Nov. 7, 2015

Scaffold Room at The Kitchen / The Kitchen
Manhattan, NY
Lars Jan/Early Morning Opera's AS FAR AS THOUGHT CAN REACH. Photo by Lars Jan.^497 Holoscences (photo: Sue Holland and Eugene Kim)^497 Holoscenes (Photo: Lars Jan)^497 Creative Residency for Lars Jan's Holoscenes^497 Holoscences (photo: Sue Holland and Eugene Kim)^497 Geoff Sobelle (performer) in Holoscenes tank. Image: Lars Jan^497 Geoff Sobelle (performer) in Holoscenes tank. Image: Lars Jan^497

Lars Jan/Early Morning Opera

“Lars Jan’s ambitious human aquarium project probes the connection between the powers let loose by climate catastrophes and our mundane everyday activities.”
– NOW Toronto


Holoscenes is a large-scale performance-installation that embodies the trauma of flooding and examines our relationship to water. An elevator-sized aquarium is filled and drained as performers adapt their everyday behaviors to water levels—i.e. taking a nap, reading the newspaper, selling fruit at a market. Holoscenes weaves the story of water—rising seas, melting glaciers, intensifying floods and droughts— into the patterns of the everyday and in doing so offers a portrait of our collective myopia, persistence, and, for better and worse, adaptation.

Holoscenes’ impact is deepened by commentary from docents about climate disaster and human empathy, and a newsprint broadsheet” with scientific statistics. Each presenting site is our partner in organizing public conversations that link local environmental concerns to Holoscenes, stimulating forward- and collaborative thinking around climate change and our relationship to water—and to one another.

Holoscenes is produced by MAPP International Productions, in partnership with Early Morning Opera. It is co-commissioned by the John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art and Yerba Buena Center for the Arts.

HOLOSCENES has received generous support from the Surdna Foundation, The Robert Rauschenberg Foundation, The National Endowment for the Arts, The MAP Fund (a program of Creative Capital supported by the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation and the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation), Awesome Without Borders, the Panta Rhea Foundation, the New York State Council on the Arts with support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature, and many individual donors. Additional research and critical residency support has been provided by Scotiabank Nuit Blanche (Toronto), EMPAC/ Experimental Media and Performing Arts Center, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (Troy, NY), and the Center for the Art of Performance (CAP) UCLA (Los Angeles, CA). HOLOSCENES is co-commissioned by the John & Mable Ringling Museum of Art and Yerba Buena Center for the Arts.