Body Island

Arturo Vidich

Body Island is a live-recorded video piece in the style of a wildlife documentary, created through a solo performance with live rats.

Body Island is inspired by a vision of the performer’s body as a landscape and a site of refuge. In using the imagery of a natural catastrophe, Vidich is evoking a powerful metaphor for how society envisions and responds to crisis. One performer and ten rats interacted in a closed structure. Three camera feeds of the interaction were live-edited by a director of photography and projected into a space. Spectators were free to roam the space. The next stage of this project will be a 4-channel video installation that exposes the event that created the video in a nuanced way.

Shot on location at Abrons Art Center, co-presented by The Chocolate Factory.
March 24th, 2011

Created, Designed and Directed by Arturo Vidich
Performance by Maximiliano Balduzzi and The Rats
Video Directed and Edited by Madeline Best
Dramaturgy by Ashley Rawlings

Production Managers: Madeline Best and Lydia Bell
Camera Operators: Merche Blasco, Alex Kozovski, Diana Motta, Molmol, Luis Violante
Architect: Joseph Vidich
Structure Design: Matt Richard
Head Carpenter: Aki Sasamoto
Sound Design and Execution: Catherine McCurry and Chris Gilroy
Steel: Face Design
Promotion: Linea Rossa