Ronit Eisenbach, Architect/Visual Artist
Cassie Meador, Dance Artist
Aleksandra Vrebalov, Composer
Jeni Wightman, Visual Artist
“WaterLines” brings together architect/artist Ronit Eisenbach, dance artist Cassie Meador, composer Aleksandra Vrebalov, and visual artist Jeni Wightman to explore the role that ephemeral art, design, and performance works can play in stimulating public dialogue about sites-in-flux. Together we seek to create contemporary art projects that integrate dance, temporary architectural designs/elements, and sound to engage viewers to experience an environment with a fresh perspective, to consider one’s role within that location’s past, present and future, and to encourage dialogue about spatial inhabitation, temporality, and place.
“While in residency at Washington College, we will weave visual elements, movement and sound sourced from Chestertown, the site, and the Chester River to create a temporary public installation/performance event along the water’s edge. This new work will activate space and offer an opportunity for individual participation and shared reflection on our impact upon the world around us. From afar we imagine reflection will focus in particular on the Chesapeake Bay watershed, its tributary the Chester River, and the historic city of Chestertown. But we know that the work will be reframed once we are in residence. Our prior and current work is very focused on how art located in place can inform conversation about changes in the built environment. The SANDBOX project is particularly exciting to us as it is focused on a more natural site-in-transition than any we have engaged up to this point. We are very intrigued by ways that a new work might inform conversation about the planned development of the waterfront campus along the Chester River and look forward to the opportunity to build upon our existing body of work on sites with water.
As faculty members ourselves, whose practices are collaborative by nature, we have experience working with and involving younger artists and students from all disciplines as co-collaborators as well as converting “observers” into participants in our projects. Over the years, we have designed different kinds of “scaffoldings for inquiry” that invite others to contribute their voices to a larger intellectual structure. Based on our previous experiences, we can imagine Washington College students engaged in the design and construction of installation elements, collecting sounds to be incorporated into the aural work, involved in research necessary to develop ideas, responsible for maintaining or checking the work on site, and perhaps performing in a culminating event. For the students involved as participants, we hope they will be inspired by the opportunity to see how individuals from different disciplines of research, seeing the world in similar yet often different ways, can develop and frame an inquiry, and how the process spurs them on to collaborate and make something altogether new.”
- Ronit Eisenbach