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CARRIZO QUARTET: SALT 2004
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Born of the 6.5 magnitude San Simeon earthquake, central California, in December 2003, SALT begins with television’s six o clock lineup at a death scene, then cuts to a dark figure, wired for sound, who tracks aftershocks through the white expanses of the depopulated Carrizo Plain at Soda Lake. A hypnogogic dream makes you think you are tracking on location. SALT recalls the biblical Lot’s wife, who, despite warnings not to look back on her burning city, still turns to look - and at that moment, freezes into a pillar of salt. Is the freeze frame a white-out revenge against remembering too well, too much?

Artist's Statement on SALT
Artists’ statement: The night of the quake, I used low tech against high tech – a mini dv Canon Ellura to record the mass media’s take on the destruction – television’s six o clock lineup.

After reportage, an antagonist appears, taking recordings. Her black silhouette tracks something only she can hear, into white heat at Soda Lake, where I draw in the dry salt.

The SALT edit folds in 2 second frames of the [Strike}/Slip painting series of 2003/4.

A hypogogic dream makes sure you are sure you are seeing: so SALT draws memory and the erases of memory by handmade digital remix of locative audio and video into a place both seen and difficult to remember.

Director: Christina McPhee
Performance video shot by Christina McPhee and Terry Hargrave
Sound design : Sariah Storm
Actors: Christina McPhee, Sariah Storm, TV crew Action 4 News
Edit: Christina McPhee

A naxsmash group production 2004

Location : Carrizo Plain National Monument, Soda Lake, California 2004, and Paso Robles, California, San Simeon Earthquake December 22, 2003.

Screenings:
“Noise: in Language, Culture, Body and Nature,” Itaù Cultural Center, Béla Horizonte, Brazil, April 19, 2007, curated by Marcus Bastos.

"Artistic Disasters," for the centennial of the 1906 San Francisco Earthquake and Great Fire, Pacific Film Archive, University of California-Berkeley, curated by Steve Seid, April 4, 2006 "Artistic Disasters" program With Semiconductor, Bill Morrison, Christina McPhee, George Kuchar, Dolissa Medina, Paul and Marlene Kos.

Exhibitions:
Carrizo-Parkfield Diaries, American University Museum, Katzen Arts Center, Washington, DC, 5 June-29 July 2007

Carrizo Quartet, Carrizo-Parkfield Diaries, Cartes Center for Art and Technology, WeeGee, Espoo, Tapiola, Finland, May 9 – September 5, 2006. With grant support from the American Scandinavian Foundation, 2006.

Carrizo Quartet, Bildmuseet, Umeå Universitet, Sweden, curated by Jan-Erik Lindstrom, 14 December 2005- 22 January 2006.

New Media Component, Groundworks, Environmental Collaboration in Contemporary Art, Regina Gouger Miller Gallery, Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh, October 14- December 11, 2005. Curated by Patrick Deegan and Grant Kester. With Christina Ulke, Marc Herbst, Amy Franceschini, and others.

Carrizo-Parkfield Diaries, Transport Gallery, Los Angeles, March 5 – April 16, 2005

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