Sat Feb 26, 2022 – 2:30 pm | Downtown Beloit Association
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Dan Su’s dance film makes use of one of the most unique structures on the University of Wisconsin-Madison campus: the George L. Mosse Humanities Building. A tribute to its stark brutalist architecture, the film combines haunting choreography and a harsh, industrial-techno score to capture the coexistence of the natural human form and the bare concrete exterior of the building. The music of Erosion Project is part of Dan Su’s upcoming debut album, GameO: U Think U R Safe.
“A collaboration between choreographer-musician Dan Su and festival veteran cinematographer-editor Aaron Granat is constructed as a waking brutalist hallucination. Scored by Su’s eerie minimalist techno that recalls Jing Lekker’s recent EPs (Adularescence or Psychiatric Population), Erosion Project draws the arching line from human body to stone body of the George L. Mosse Humanities Building on UW-Madison campus. Featuring an array of technical tricks, shifting aspect ratios, and washed-out visuals the color of concrete and lannon stone, the film’s cumulative effect is one of time distortion and hypnotic osmosis. A trippy triumph of sound and image.” Grant Phipps, Tone Madison
The idea for Chopping Block came from thinking about that feeling you get in your gut when you really need to tell someone something important but you’re terrified about how they may react. From there it slowly evolved into a dramedy about anxiety and gnarliness of what is often said in the heat of the moment.
Dan Su (born in Kunming, China) creates a hybrid of music, dance, film, and visual art, in a “Raw, Pure & Uncompromising” way. To pursue her artistic vision and expression, she is equipped with multimedia practices: body movement, sound generation, analog and digital processes of still and moving images. Since 2017, she has been working independently in U.S. and Berlin. After she produced a number of stage performance “Roots” (2017), “I EYE I” (2018), and “On an attempt of a chicken soup” (2019), she has experimented with the intersection of media, resulting in for example the long durational performance installation “WHITE WRITE 白写” (2020) on dance and calligraphy, and the commissioned site-specific music and dance performance “TU BE” (2020) which happened on the pipes of the backyard of Gaswerksiedlung. Following her own music production practice, she has debuted her electronic single “Today I Am” (2019), successively released the single “Blue Eyes” and EP “Chicken Soup” (2020), and soon the upcoming new album “Game0: U Think UR Safe”. As a sound maker, she attempts to create the dynamic and haunted space that challenges the listeners.