CANDYSTATIONS : VISUAL PERFORMANCE DESIGN
VISUAL PERFORMANCE DESIGN BY DEBORAH JOHNSON
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ETHEL'S DOCUMERICA

Directed by Steve Cosson
Produced and Performed by ETHEL
Projection Design: Deborah Johnson for CandyStations
Lighting Design: Chris Kuhl
Set Design: Adrian Jones and Deborah Johnson

In 1971, a hundred photographers fanned out across the country as part of the EPA’s Project Documerica to capture America’s sometimes fabled, sometimes fraught relationship to its land. 

For ETHEL’s Documerica, I traversed the expansive and wondrous Environmental Protection Agency archives, ultimately using 2700 of the total 22,000 photographs available. I selected images based on the themes and energy in each of the fourteen unique, string-based compositions. The visuals accompany the live performance of ETHEL‘s Documerica, which continues to tour with great acclaim.

See Documerica in motion: vimeo.com/album/2475561