June 24, 2013
Detroit-born, Brooklyn-based artist Cooper Holoweski’s video work has been praised by Art in America as “inï¬nitely watchable.” His Katabasis is a 40-minute video landscape with live sound accompaniment that moves the viewer though an elaborately constructed virtual junkyard to explore the themes of death, limbo, and rebirth. In various world mythologies “Katabasis” refers to a trip to the underworld. The journey of Odysseus through Hades and the death and resurrection of Lazarus are classic examples of Katabasis. Together with the live performance of an evolving musical score, it creates multi-sensory experiences that exemplify the tense liminal space of Katabasis. The score is a collage of improvised instrumentation, ï¬eld recordings, and audio loops that form a densely layered soundscape for each movement.