Miriam Simun's Agalinis Dreams
A multi-sensory immersive experience: video / performance / cocktail / and the-never-before-experienced-scent of the Agalinis Acuta, an endangered New York flower in it's last days...
***Performance Friday 8PM-10PM***
Sunday 1PM - 6PM
Please RSVP for Friday's performance: (includes cocktails)
A multi-sensory immersive experience: video / performance / cocktail / and the-never-before-experienced-scent of the Agalinis Acuta, the only federally protected endangered plant species in New York State.
Don the dosdii (a wearable device that makes use of scent to produce flavor illusions, currently on view at the Museum of Arts and Design MAD Biennial) and imbibe in the specially-crafted ceremonial libation.
Participate in a ritual of remembering this tiny, beautiful and elusive species whose flowers bloom only one day a year. The ritual performance takes place within a 3-channel video installation and series of live ritual performance elements that explore the interwoven relationship of species loss, cultural change, bio-political structures and notions of progress through the story of the attempted revival of the Agalins Acuta from the brink of extinction.
The Agalinis Acuta is so small that its scent has never before been perceived by humans. Using living flower headspace technology to capture the chemical trace of this tiny flower as it grows, the scent of the Agalinis has been captured and recreated for human perception.
/ Scent in collaboration with Clement Gavarry, Subha Patel and International Fragrance & Flavors
/ Costumes in collaboration with Hanny Ahern
/ Hair by Janice Brown of Tarbaby Hair Design
/ Cocktail design in collaboration with Abraham Hawkins
/ Liquor provided by Adirondack Distilling Company
Agalinis Dreams a commissioned by the Museum of Arts and Design for NYC Makers: The MAD Biennial. Additional support provided by the International Flavors & Fragrances, Adirondack Distilling Company, Creative Capital, Stream Gallery and the Andy Warhol Visual Arts Program at the Long Island Nature Conservancy.
What Is Known Is Not Necessarily a Fact
3 Channel video with audio, 22:42 on loop
A non-linear poetic video essay installation that explores notions of ‘natural,’ ‘native,’ ‘protection,’ and ‘progress,’ through a poetic examination of the interwoven relationship over time and history of humans and one little weed. A meditation on species loss, cultural change, bio-political structures, legal fictions, myth and memory, and conflicting notions of progress told through the story of the attempted revival of the Agalins Acuta from the brink of extinction.