A Kiss of the Earth | NC Museum of Art | Arts | Indy Week

A Kiss of the Earth 

When: Through Jan. 28, 2018
Price: Free

Apt for a work about a season of florid fecundity, Stravinsky and Diaghilev's epochal modernist ballet The Rite of Spring just keeps on giving, more than a century after its legendarily tempestuous premiere. It supplies the inspiration for A Kiss of the Earth, an experimental video by UNC-Chapel Hill associate art professor Sabine Gruffat, which will be installed in NCMA's free video gallery from August 26 through January 28. Gruffat's interactive three-channel video projection remixes the story of a pagan tribe's maiden sacrifice with stochastic elements: real-time weather data from Paris, the site of the original Rite furor, affects the weather in the animation, and viewers can text to a number on the wall to further alter the proceedings. When you consider the contemporary implications, in a world of virtual warfare, of deciding someone's fate with a command on a screen, you start to scratch the larger issues Gruffat is probing through colorful mayhem. —Brian Howe

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