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Detail image of Avalanche enhanced water beverage
Photo documentation of Avalanche performance
Photo documentation of Avalanche vending machine
Avalanche is an enhanced water beverage filtered through a human pipeline that traces the flow of water through a city and through the body. A live performance presents municipal water usage as a literal concert of bodies, a system that is improbable, arduous, and flawed. The Avalanche bottling process begins with an ice cap harvested from the Never Summer Mountain Range. The ice melts and travels through a series of human filters, eventually collecting in crystal singing bowls. The sound of this filtration is performed as a concert for a live audience, while at the same time being live broadcast back to the mountain range, causing an avalanche from the vibration of sound waves. The avalanche is bottled for consumption, while also providing new ice to begin the process again.
The project consists of a one night live performance, multi-channel video and vending machine stocked with Avalanche water, all of which work together to create a mythology of the product’s “source.” Passing water between the city and the mountain in an endless feedback loop, IfNf's filtration process equates the mountain spring with the trickle of water across a dirty windshield, the tears of two middle-aged men, the gargle and spit from a teenager’s mouth—juxtaposing trivial everyday gestures with the looming, dark future of a changing climate.
Avalanche performers (left), Illustration of the water filtration process by Arthur Jones (right)
Avalanche is produced by Black Cube nomadic art museum in partnership with the Vicki Myhren Gallery
Institute for New Feeling Scott Andrew, Agnes Bolt, and Nina Sarnelle
Curator Cortney Lane Stell
Project Manager Hannah James
Sound Energy worker Ann Martin
Water Workers Danielle Cadwallader, Arlan Grover, Antonio Hermosillo, Conrad Mata, Tiffany Matheson, Brihtney O’Brien, Bob Pearlman, and Colin Ward
Installation Graham Eschen, Josh Gontdrez, and Lin Wen-Ben
Sound Reinforcement Mark McElwain, Sound Town
Camera Agnes Bolt, Ben Hernstrom, Dominique Lockhart, Dom Lock Aerials
Illustrator Arthur Jones
Special thanks Amanda Cerini, Dan Jacobs, Lauren Abman, Tikiz Shaved Ice & Ice Cream, Dom Lock Aerials, Derrick Velasquez, Gretchen Schaefer, Denver Wastewater, and Biennial of the Americas.
accelerant for the face and body
The exhibition was accompanied by a Carnegie Mellon feature on the Institute for New Feeling.
hit song: wintergreen, waffle batter lip gloss, bandaid, nail glue, cheap tank top, air conditioning, chlorine.
wifi: tarragon, burnt electrical cable, energy drink, mom’s shampoo, pomme frite slathered in sauce gribiche, bike ride at night.
contagion: thyme, oak and ash tree, bluberry donut vape juice, cat yawn, flock of parakeets in winter, sweaty volleyball players.
privacy: cumin, cement, lubricated condom, new lumber, breath, wet sweater, crisis in the bathroom at foret national.
stray: dandelion, dog, found wallet, methamphetamine, sleeping bag, children yelling, airplane exhaust.
eviction: chamomile, wine left out all night, unpaid gas bill, hole dug in the lawn, wet cardboard, spackle, spicy celery in harira soup.
A sculpted ceramic plug-in air freshener that diffuses odorless Oxytocin into the air
A video advertisement for air freshener made with the product's prototype design
An adhesive moleskin shoe insert that applies pressure-point therapy to the foot while walking