If Thou Return, We Return
6 channel sound installation
If Thou Return, We Return is a site specific, 6-channel sound installation developed for the 21st Annual Watermill Summer Benefit and installed in the entry grasses of The Watermill Center. The work incorporated the recitation of fragmented texts from the 1,001 Nights stories, playing off of the theme of the benefit gala. The texts were selected, read, and recorded in partnership with participants in the Watermill International Summer Program, the Summer Documentation Team, and by avant-garde director and designer Robert Wilson.
developed in partnership with: Lovis Ostenrik (Germany), Nina Chalot (France), Jake Jeon (South Korea/USA), Dawood Hilmandi (Afghanistan/The Netherlands), David Markovic (Czech Republic), and Jakub Jahn (Czech Republic).
text read by: José Macian (UK/Spain), Kate Eberstadt (USA), Gintare Minelgaite (Lithuania), Matt Petty (USA), Jake Jeon (South Korea/USA), Kalliopi Simou (Greece), Jessica-Brittany Smith (USA), Kayije Kagame (Rwanda/Switzerland), Dawood Hilmandi (Afghanistan/The Netherlands), Lovis Ostenrik (Germany), Carlos Soto (USA), and Robert Wilson (USA).
First presented on July 26, 2014 at The Watermill Center in Water Mill, New York.