2014: Arrivals



Arrivals was a performance that now exists as video documentation.
Performed at the South Street Seaport in New York City one weekend last spring, I scheduled an open call for participants to gather in front of tourists waiting for Circle Line Downtown Ferry to Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island to sing "Somewhere Out There”. The song became a chant, repeated at the start of every hour and in several locations.

“Somewhere Out There,” comes from an animated film released nationwide in 1986 called “An American Tail”. As a child I saw its trailers broadcast on TV in the same moment that the evening news reviewed Ronald Reagan’s Immigration and Control Act which provided amnesty to many undocumented laborers nationwide, including my family.

Often misinterpreted as a romantic love song, Arrivals revisits the song
"Somewhere Out There" to view the South Street Seaport as a space of emancipation. In its commerce and residential beauty one can easily forget that many immigrants, slaves, and laborers were shipped to North America through this port. In unity and separation, this song was written to tap into the psychic space of migratory labor histories - histories that are still prevalent all over the world today:



separation - dislocated - placed - transported - traded - bought
sold - demarcated - marketed - inscribed - import - export
departed - shipped - renamed - issued - arrive
emancipation necessary.

LYRICS TO SOMEWHERE OUT THERE
Arrivals Performance
Performance Locations and Schedule
GOOGLE MAP POSTING LOCATIONS TO FIND PARTICIPANTS
SHIPPING PALETTES, INKJET PRINTS, PERFORMANCE DURATION 4 MINUTES
ARRIVALS CHORAL-RISER INSTALLATION SHIPPING PALETTES, INKJET PRINTS, PERFORMANCE DURATION 4 MINUTES
DIRECTION CARDS FOR OTHER PERFORMANCE LOCATIONS
Shipping Palette Illustration