From our partners at Big Red & Shiny, today we bring you a review of Green Dream at kijidome in Boston. Author Edmond Caldwell notes, “Individually and collectively, the digital videos that comprise kijidome’s Green Dream come to no easy conclusions and issue no final statements. Instead, they leave the audience to continue the collaboration in their thoughts and discussions.” This article was originally published on February 19, 2014.
For five weeks early in this year, half of a modestly sized art space in Boston’s South End became a field of infinite possibility, courtesy of chroma-key green and the kijidome group. Susan Metrican, Lucy Kim, Carlos Jiménez Cahua, and Sean Downey don’t consider it a gallery but a space for collaboration, and this project, Green Dream, was all about collaboration. The group created a green-screen room—which allows digital projections to be layered into video along with live actors—and put a call out to artists they knew or wanted to work with to come and play. The resulting anthology of sixteen videos screened on February 8 before an appreciative audience in a larger studio upstairs.
All the videos were recorded in the presence of Dushko Petrovich’s Green Screed, a ceiling-to-floor text on the space’s fourth wall. By turns funny and anguished, the screed exposes the fatuousness of “green” discourse in contemporary culture and its almost comically feeble consumerist-based “solutions” to the impending ecological tsunami. Nothing is spared, from bumper-sticker slogans and organic veggies to technofuturist idylls of unlimited sustainability. But what the text dwells on most are the mental feints and blinds we use to put off the day of reckoning. The densely packed lines of shiny green vinyl and rounded, nonthreatening font almost appear to abet these equivocations, inviting the eye to slide away. Thus green ultimately figures as “the very plane of fantasy” on which we project our doomed—but artisanally crafted—dreams.