A Place to Come and Escape from the World (2014)
2.1 channel sound installation
In 2013, avant-garde director and designer Robert Wilson oversaw the design and construction of a replica of the Africa House at The Watermill Center. The Africa House was originally built at the Melrose Plantation in Natchitoches, Louisiana where Clementine Hunter, the African-American folk art painter, was a plantation worker and first began painting. The Africa House at The Watermill Center was erected for the 20th Annual Watermill Center Summer Benefit which celebrated the life and work of Clementine Hunter.
To celebrate the opening of a new section of the property, the Africa House was moved in 2014 and first unveiled at the summer benefit. To commemorate the event, A Place to Come and Escape from the World was created at the request of Wilson. The two-channel sound installation is comprised of a processed metallic drone and a gradually terraced, descending bass hum that traces the architecture of the new property over forty-four minutes. The sound was installed inside of the structure which contained nine hanging lightbulbs and a floor covered with deep mounds of straw.
44 minute loop
First presented on July 26, 2014 at The Watermill Center in Water Mill, New York.