VEAL is the newest work from multidisciplinary design collective Harrison Atelier (HAt). HAt principals Seth and Ariane Harrison and their collaborators have created a large-scale sculptural and sound installation, featuring a contemporary dance performance, exploring the development of the ecology of the industrial animal as man competes with nature to form and control the environment.
To create VEAL, HAt has partnered with dancer and emerging choreographer Silas Riener and composer LorenDempster, who previously worked with HAt on the innovative dance-installation Pharmacophore: Architectural Placebo, at New York’s Storefront for Art & Architecture in 2011. In performing his choreography, Riener will be joined by Rashaun Mitchell and Cori Kresge.
The VEAL installation comprises five spaces: four in the Invisible Dog’s main gallery, and the fifth in a second gallery, where Riener’s dance work is performed. Multimedia sculptures double as musical instruments—some of which can be played by audience members—representing moments in an animal’s life as it is mass-produced for food.
Since Harrison Atelier emerged in 2010 with Anchises, their highly acclaimed collaboration with Jonah Bokaer, the collective has created a truly unique body of installation and performance work. HAt’s projects not only rivet with the unexpected beauty of their imagery and development of ideas into form, but also seek original ways to access and explore thematic material using the web of connections between human, animal and technology.
Concept, Design, Direction and Dramaturgy by Seth and Ariane Harrison of Harrison Atelier
Original Score by Loren Dempster
Choreography by Silas Riener performed by Riener, Rashaun Mitchell and Cori Kresge
Lyrics by Seth Harrison, Custom sound software by Jesse Stiles Julie Haagensen, Soprano
Biraj Barkakaty, Countertenor David Watson, Bagpipe Geoff Gersh, Lyre Arthur Solari, Lyre
Joshua Kohl, Conductor
Harrison Atelier Team, Installation Design and Fabrication: Jeremy Steiner, Sierra Cobb, Christos Bolos and Silas Riener
Lighting design by Davison Scandrett, Costume design by Trevor Ballin with Julia Donaldson
Dates + Time
Performance on February 7 at 7:30pm
The Main Gallery
51 Bergen St.