New Frontiers (operetta)

2017

The first in a series of operettas written for virtual performance, created in collaboration with composer Samuel Beebe and flutist Brittney Balkcom.

 

This series is based on a collection of reel-to-reel radio interviews produced by LaFleur’s grandfather between 1960-1970 on KTRH Houston, and left to her upon his death in 1998. For this exhibition, three interviews are combined with flute, voice, and harp. Interviewees include: LSD advocate Timothy Leary, anti-LSD activist Dr. John Schooler, and a 1950’s housewife who tries LSD for the first time. Presented as three channels of video, each recording is represented as a virtual gelatin dessert, recorded from the perspective of the artist in her studio, conflating her body with the camera.
 

I. In Another World, 2017

3D animation, video, and sound

Edition 1 of 3

5:16

 

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II. Bluebonnet Boys, 2017

3D animation, video, and sound

Edition 1 of 3

6:28

 

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III. I Just Couldn’t, 2017

3D animation, video, and sound

Edition 1 of 3

9:34