Cloud Seeding: Circus of the Performative Object was a touring performance project produced collaboratively by ten visual artists. A mobile installation, exhibition space and vehicle for performance, the compact caravan lumbered into unsuspecting towns and anticipating art venues, unpacking its wares in the spirit of the best bell-laden gypsies. Drawing inspiration from the lush traditions of buskers, freakshows, and rodeos, CSC operated within the equally compelling traditions of sculpture, video, installation, and performance art.
Cloud Seeding attempted to be Art all the way down. Admission tickets and posters were editioned prints; the elephant was collapsible; the balloon man was an image to behold. Viewers experienced all the magic and mystery of the traditional circus, recontextualized to anticipate the skepticism of the 21st century. Vignettes referencing historic circus acts conjured them up as metaphors for contemporary issues. The overall performance was self-reflective, problematizing the boundaries between backstage and center.
Cloud Seeding Circus toured from 1999-2002. Stephanie Hutin toured as a collaborator in 2000.
Cloud Seeding Circus collaborating artists:
Jesse James Arnold
***words by Christy Gast www.christygast.info***