Holman’s exhibition will begin with her first character type, the time traveler. Inspired by technology and “scionic” elements, these performers will exhibit transhumanism. “The main element of this costume are these helmets made out of everything from kitchen utensils, sound materials and things that resemble micro-protons,” Holman says. “They’re supposed to look like these characters are scrubbing for a signal.”
The exhibition’s second character is the ecstatic dancer. Holman says ecstatic dancers meet up in the real world to perform this sacred dance that is meant to direct social change and celebrate free-form movement.
The indigo child, the final character Holman has created for this performance, is what she refers to as a “digital native" and the next phase of humanity. This is not a character completely of her own invention, she notes, but part of a larger school of thought. “The indigo children are very drawn to differences, and exist, in a way, to flatten hierarchical levels,” Holman says. “This is a concept that’s been around for quite a while, especially when thought of in an energy-specific world.”
Sophont in Action will be supplemented by articles of clothing that Holman designed to be sold out of the Black Cube container. Holman’s work typically comprises painting, drawing, sculpture and installation, and one of her recent paintings inspired the designs for the tunics, capes and pants that will be available in the pop-up shop. But attendees are urged to wear black to the event.
Holman and Black Cube executive director/curator Cortney Stell have worked together on projects in the past, and Holman calls the Black Cube exhibition the “bookends” to their previous work. “I’m proud of this work with [Stell], because it feels like we’re closing off this chapter we started together before,” Holman says. “We’re reconnecting with fully fleshed-out ideas for this trajectory we created.”
Holman’s exhibition for Black Cube is being produced in collaboration with, and supported by, the Performance and Film Program at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art and the Headlands Center for the Arts Alumni New Works.
Admission to Black Cube's Sophont in Action launch event is free. It will begin promptly at 7 p.m. Thursday, October 1, by the Trading Post at Red Rocks (see map below). A free shuttle will leave from the Denver Arts Museum plaza at 6 p.m.; to find out if there's still room on board, contact Cortney Stell at firstname.lastname@example.org. For more information about Black Cube itself, click here.