Alluvium is a new project of A House Unbuilt, derived from the archive of AHU’s social choreography project Relay of Voices. Through re-engagement and reperformance, Alluvium works to filter out the most rich and fertile elements of an overflowing repository of information that was gathered along the Mississippi River.
Created during a time of isolation and unrest during the pandemic of 2020, this “theatre” of performances for camera is staged “live” over a series of Zoom events before being archived. Each episode featuring Communities and Landscapes as well as accompanying Voices are prepared within the span of a week and produced in the House Unbuilt home studio in Stillwater, Minnesota.
While only a survey presentation, the development of Communities and Landscapes is the first step to a connecting the intricate and rhizomatic bonds revealed in the stories shared in the archive. The Voices, too, while raw and somewhat unrehearsed, are mirroring the very sincere presence shared through one-minute samples of otherwise hours of footage with a single person—a glimpse, but an opening nevertheless.
These folks make it come together.