Dorit Cypis

U. C. Video Electronic Arts Gallery

Densely layered and deeply personal, Dorit Cypis’ nine-part Love after Death: A Renaissance took as its theme such shifting, abstract concepts as history, memory, culture, and desire, exploring states of mind rather than the corporeal environment. Identifying her mixed media performance as a “theater of mutability,” Cypis primed her audience for a half hour of change. Spectators were free to stand anywhere and even encouraged to move about as they were confronted with a constantly fluctuating tableau of audio and visual stimuli. Photographic images were projected on two scrims from the front and from behind, showing the reclining forms of naked male and female bodies dissolving into hands, landscapes, and shots of Cypis’ family from the turn of the century. Cypis cast shadows across the projected images with slow, fluid motions of her arms and hands, while the ten other performers acted

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