The More That Is Taken Away is a meditation on genocide and what it means to inherit such histories. A seven-year solo attempt to come to terms with historical evil, it takes place at a mass-grave-like excavation behind my house in rural upstate New York. It is a performance in three Acts, a cycle from creation to catastrophe and back. Begun in late 2011, the project is planned to conclude in 2018/19, with post-production in 2019. The traces of the work are a complete video record and large-format black-and-white photographs. These materials are exhibited in a variety of ways, from a mid-length movie to a large installation with the photographs, projections, and multi-channel video to an artist book.
These videos are work-in-progress edits. The final version is expected to run about 35 minutes. The edit consists of clips from the full-length video record of the project, which runs to several hundred hours.
Google Earth view. Act I, Year Three, May