Tunneling I (2008 – present)

The visual narrative of Tunneling is defined through the process of cutting through the wall of the performance space from inside to outside, the different layers within the building wall slowly exposed until the outer, nighttime street is reached.

This image is constructed in a live fashion through use of a green-screen setup, a specially constructed table and custom software which memorizes the appearance of each layer of material as it’s being cut.

The audio narrative, performed by Surbahi Saraf, consists of a multitude of voices singing verses, which are at first multiplied by many thousands, and slowly decimate while the wall is exposed until only one, the real voice of the audio performer, is left when the street outside is finally reached. An additional layer of domestic cooking sounds is intertwined with the voices, juxtaposed with the sounds generated by the cutting of the wall-layers.

The piece is highly site-sensitive, as a different “tunnel” is constructed according to the materials and contexts present at the location of the performance. Previous performances took place in Chicago, USA and in Bologna, Italy.

Live audio-visual-sculptural performance; Live green-screen rig, prepared wall section plates, custom software.
Surabhi Saraf - Audio processing and vocals
Duration approx. 30 minutes
Started in 2008, in ongoing development
Tunneling I (2008 – present) | 2008 | Performances