THE UNFIXING is a site-specific installation that is a companion piece to the feature film PATTERNS.
Previously at the Electric Ladybug Garden, Harlem, and the Green Oasis Community Garden, East Village, NYC .
"Truly AMAZING! Congratulations on this deeply moving creative action whose expression is now embedded in our hearts, the soil, and the surrounding nature of this urban environment!"
”The installation you are making is like nothing I have seen. It needs to be taken to every city.”
"I got lost in it in a way that allowed me to take/make my own journey, prompted, inspired by the images and sound. As I looped between the installations, I found new images as new north stars and set off. It was a unique thrill."
"The idea of remembrance made me feel the loss of species and ecosystems more acutely than I ever have before. Placing my flower among the candles forced me to reckon with the reality of the situation, of the grief,"
We live in a time of unfathomable loss to our natural world and we are reeling from chronic illness and lost loved ones from the pandemic. Bring us to your community and we will gather among the trees to honor what we have lost and to connect with the regenerative power of the Earth. We are adapting the installation for each unique location.
An interactive site-specific video and sound installation by Nicole Betancourt and Bray Poor with Video Engineer Jeremy Allen exploring the interconnection of the human body and the Earth through the experiences of loss and illness. Grieving for the ravages of climate change, like grieving for lost abilities with a chronic illness, is ongoing and often involves fears about an uncertain future. “Unfixing” refers to moving out of a fixed position created by fear as a reaction to pain – a shift in perspective allowing pain, but also wonder and connection.
Video Artist: Nicole Betancourt
Sound Artist: Bray Poor
Video Engineer: Jeremy Allen
Associate Producer: Kyrie McCormick, Liza Miller
Advisor: Juan Carlos Zaldívar
Graphic Designer: Liza Miller
The installation is part of the film and outreach project PATTERNS which is Women Make Movies project supported by the Karen Toffler Charitable Trust and NYSCA.
Harlem Event Filmed by Braulio Jatar
Memorial prompt from Joanna Macy and The Work That Reconnects
Harlem event Hosted by the Electric Ladybug Garden community and East Village event hosted by Green Oasis Community Garden
The artists acknowledge that these events were held on unceded indigenous land of the Lanape people.