you will be safe motion-capture video by Alison Kotin directed & choreographed by DeAnna Pellecchia & Ingrid Schatz created collaboratively with/performed by Kristin Wagner
YOU WILL BE SAFE is based on a solo performance choreographed by KAIROS' Artistic Directors DeAnna Pellecchia and Ingrid Schatz, for dancer Kristin Wagner during the company's 2012 Boston Center for the Arts Dance Residency. Wagner's solo is the newest section of THAT GIRL AND THE OTHER ONE, an ongoing work developed by Pellecchia and Schatz which uses contemporary dance to explore and shed light on women's complex struggles for strength and personal identity in the face of society’s expectations. Digital media artist Alison Kotin generated interactive, real-time projections based on Wagner’s movements and silhouettes which were captured with an infrared camera, and then digitally simplified, distorted, and translated for the screen. Originally screened as part of a dynamic stage set during Wagner’s solo performance, YOU WILL BE SAFE is also a powerful stand-alone video piece. Ghostly images move through space and then dissolve into abstract geometric form.
YOU WILL BE SAFE was one of the ten pieces by Massachusetts artists and artist teams selected to be featured as part of ART ON THE MARQUEE at the Boston Convention & Exhibition Center for fall 2012. Selections were based foremost upon artistic excellence through a proposal process managed by the Massachusetts Convention Center Authority (MCCA) and Boston Cyberarts, a non-profit arts organization created to foster, develop, and present a wide spectrum of media arts, including electronic and digital experimental arts programming.
ART ON THE MARQUEE is an ongoing project funded by the MCCA that commissions public media art by local artists. Commissioned pieces are displayed alongside commercial and informational content on the new 80-foot-tall multi-screen LED marquee outside the BCEC in South Boston.The largest urban screen in New England, this unique digital canvas is one of the first of its kind in the United States, offering artists more than 3,000 square feet of digital display on seven screens, providing full-motion video and a viewership of more than 100,000 pedestrians and motorists. The marquee is visible for a half a mile in many directions and is seen by traffic on Summer, D, and Congress streets, as well as from the surrounding hotels, office buildings and the Seaport World Trade Center.
At full size on the Boston Convention and Exhibition Center’s screens, Wagner’s figure towers above pedestrians, emphasizing both the power and the vulnerability of her movements.
Alison’s work explores the interplay of performance and digital media through motion- and touch-activated projects modeled on musical instruments. Her works invite play, creation, and audience participation, incorporating sound and movement through site-specific installations and interactive digital objects. She has shown work at the 2009 and 2011 Boston CyberArts Festival, the Massachusetts College of Art and Design’s Bakalar and Doran Galleries, and other venues around Boston and beyond.
Alison is an instructor of graphic design and web design at MassArt and the School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. She is the co-founder of The Urbano Project, a non-profit studio and art gallery space established in 2009 in Jamaica Plain, dedicated to empowering urban teens. Her writing has appeared in the Teaching Artists’ Journal and the Youth Media Reporter, as well as The Experience of Dynamic Media.
Alison holds an MFA from the Dynamic Media Institute at the Massachusetts College of Art and DEsign, a BA in English Literature from Brown University (’00), and a Diploma (’06) and Post-Baccalaureate Certificate (’04) in design and studio art from the School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston.