Brian Rogers
(re)develop (death valley)


February 12-28, 2009


(re)develop (death valley) is a real-time video performance installation about the collision between the personal attachment to the idea of home as homestead, a place to put down roots – and the idea of real estate as a salable commodity, a marketing platform, a uptopian fantasy, and a representation of wealth. Inspired by my experience of living and working in Long Island City, Queens (the site of a massive and unprecedented redevelopment project), (re)develop combines real time video processing and found footage to construct a series of interweaving visual narratives around ideas of shared, temporary and abandoned living spaces.

Concept and direction by Brian Rogers. Video by Brian Rogers and Madeline Best. Music by Brian Rogers and Chris Peck. Scenic design by Brad Kisicki. Lighting design by Chloe Z. Brown. Costumes by Maggie Dick. Sculpture by Alexandra Rosenberg. Poem by Greg Vargo. Assistant Director: Josh Hoglund. Performed by Jennifer Lee Dudek, Sheila Lewandowski, Yoko Myoi and Mark Sitko.

“There’s always the danger of living under a bad roof” – Gia Kourlas, New York Times

“Fear of Projection” – Paul Menard, Time Out New York