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Teetering X Tottering(On The Brink)

Sculpture 2015 wood, water, repurposed water bottles, micro-controllers, sensors, speakers, light Teetering X Tottering(on the brink)—is a kinetic sculpture that invites the viewer to balance up or down creating an experiential awareness of water as a shared resource. The participants movement of the see-saws in this audio work triggers the recorded sounds of the fish common to the Chesapeake Bay, thereby connecting them to the natural world.

Symphonic Stitch

Symphonic Stitch is an interactive installation and performance with projected light and sound. The project invites the visitor to participate as part of a musical knitting circle. The knitter’s needles are equipped with tiny microphones, which amplify the percussive nature of the knitting process, capturing the rhythmic counter point of the participant’s hand movements. The needles sound generates a projected visualization that references the body's physiological system.

SWAN SONG (After-Life Karaoke)

SWAN SONG (After-Life Karaoke) 2013 is a mobile karaoke room in a Funeral Car. The installation invites the viewer to repose in the back of a hearse and sing a Karaoke song, eulogize or simply listen. SWAN SONG explores issues relating to loss, death and the finite nature of the body....and the world.

Writing Device

In this performance, I amplified a scroll of paper and with pen nibs attached to my fingers. I repeatedly wrote a poem by Baltimore poet Lizette Woodworth Reese (1856–1935). The sound of the pen nibs on the paper created an aural interpretation of her work and process. Writing Device Amplified paper, ink, pen nibs, speakers, light, black drape Blur of the Otherworldly UMBC Gallery,Baltimore County, MD

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About Laure

Baltimore City - Bromo Tower Arts District

Laure Drogoul is an interdisciplinary artist, olfactory spelunker and cobbler of situations who lives in Baltimore, Maryland. Laure works with a wide range of media including projects in which she creates sculpture, performances and events that invite the viewer to be an active participant. She has exhibited and performed internationally and nationally, including The International House of Japan in Tokyo, Corcoran Gallery of Art, Washington Project for the Arts, Baltimore Museum of Art, PS122 and The... more

Installation/Performance

  • SWAN SONG (After-Life Karaoke)

    video documentation of SWAN SONG (After-Life Karaoke) Installation/participatory performance 2013 Swan Song is a mobile karaoke room in a Funeral Car. This mobile installation invites the viewer to repose in the back of a hearse and sing a song, eulogize or simply watch and listen. Swan Song explores issues relating to loss, death and the finite nature of the body...and possibly the world.
  • SWAN SONG (After-Life Karaoke)

    SWAN SONG (After-Life Karaoke) 2013 is a mobile karaoke room in a Funeral Car. The installation invites the viewer to repose in the back of a hearse and sing a Karaoke song, eulogize or simply listen. SWAN SONG explores issues relating to loss, death and the finite nature of the body....and the world.
  • Beyond

    Beyond Audio Installation 2013 15?x15?x15? light, water, lens, speakers, chairs Sheila & Richard Riggs and Leidy Galleries MICA, Baltimore, MD This installation was created for Congregate: Art + Faith + Community and was the culmination of a residency within a Church(SEC) in Baltimore. The installation is a meditative outpost(chapel) for the Spiritual Empowerment Center, incorporating recordings of the congregants bowl meditations and beliefs in divine presence and vibrational love.
  • Pendulum(Oracle)

    Installation 2014 water, blue light, lens, string, participants EMP Collective, Baltimore, MD In this installation the participant is invited into a room that contains a suspended water filled pendulum and invited to gently manipulate and/or ask questions of the pendulum via 4 attached hanging lines.
  • Pendulum(Oracle)

    Installation 2014 water, blue light, lens, string, participants EMP Collective, Baltimore, MD In this installation the participant is invited into a room that contains a suspended water filled pendulum and invited to gently manipulate and/or ask questions of the pendulum via 4 attached hanging lines.
  • Going To Seed

    Installation 2014 Ceramics, light, water micro-greens seeds (arugula, chia, cress and flax). Baltimore Clayworks Project Room Over the course of the project, I created and cultivated with different clay vessel shapes and seeds. This installation invited the viewer to care for these mini-gardens by misting the vessels and I invited them to snip and taste the sprouts.
  • Going To Seed

    Installation 2014 Baltimore Clay Works Ceramics, light, water micro-greens seeds (arugula, chia, cress and flax). Baltimore Clayworks Project Room Over the course of the project, I created and cultivated with different clay vessel shapes and seeds. This installation invited the viewer to care for these mini-gardens by misting the vessels and I invited them to snip and taste the sprouts.
  • Teetering X Tottering(On The Brink)

    Sculpture 2015 wood, water, repurposed water bottles, micro-controllers, sensors, speakers, light Teetering X Tottering(on the brink)—is a kinetic sculpture that invites the viewer to balance up or down creating an experiential awareness of water as a shared resource. The participants movement of the see-saws in this audio work triggers the recorded sounds of the fish common to the Chesapeake Bay, thereby connecting them to the natural world.
  • Teetering X Tottering(On The Brink)

    Sculpture 2015 Wood, water, repurposed water bottles, micro-controllers, sensors, speakers, light Teetering X Tottering(on the brink)—is a kinetic sculpture that invites the viewer to balance up or down creating an experiential awareness of water as a shared resource and illustrating the hydrologic cycle in the earth’s atmosphere. The participants movement of the see-saws in this audio work triggers the recorded sounds of the fish common to the Chesapeake Bay, thereby connecting them to the natural world of the Mid-Atlantic.

Installation/Performance

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  • Symphonic Stitch

    Symphonic Stitch is an interactive installation and performance with projected light and sound. The project invites the visitor to participate as part of a musical knitting circle. The knitter’s needles are equipped with tiny microphones, which amplify the percussive nature of the knitting process, capturing the rhythmic counter point of the participant’s hand movements. The needles sound generates a projected visualization that references the body's physiological system.
  • Writing Device

    In this performance, I amplified a scroll of paper and with pen nibs attached to my fingers. I repeatedly wrote a poem by Baltimore poet Lizette Woodworth Reese (1856–1935). The sound of the pen nibs on the paper created an aural interpretation of her work and process. Writing Device Amplified paper, ink, pen nibs, speakers, light, black drape Blur of the Otherworldly UMBC Gallery,Baltimore County, MD
  • Seance for Lizette Woodworth Reese (1856–1935)

    Performance 2005 Blur of the Otherworldly UMBC Gallery Baltimore County, MD Amplified paper, ink, speakers, light, black drape In this performance, with my fingers attached to pen nibs I wrote the poems of Baltimore poet Lizette Woodworth Reese (1856–1935) on a long scroll. The sound of the pen nibs on the paper created an aural environment that interpreted her poems.
  • Knit Bliss

    Storefront performance Howard St. Baltimore, MD 2003 yarn, audio equipment, four knitters
  • Apparatus for Orchestral Knitting

    Musical Knitting in Fairmount Park, Philadelphia Pa. 2010 This is a mobile street or garden version of the project. A battery powered amplifier allows me to travel to street corners and parks.
  • Apparatus for Orchestral Knitting

    Knitting Jam at Atomic Pop. Baltimore, MD 2007 Featuring the portable, in a suitcase version of the apparatus.
  • Apparatus for Orchestral Knitting

    Detail of amplified knitting instrument modified suitcase, yarn, amplified knitting needles, audio equipment
  • Symphonic Stitch

    Detail of video
  • Symphonic Stitch

    Symphonic Stitch is an interactive installation and performance with projected light and sound. The project invites the visitor to participate as part of a musical knitting circle. The knitter’s needles are equipped with tiny microphones, which amplify the percussive nature of the knitting process, capturing the rhythmic counter point of the participant’s hand movements. The sound generates a projected visual that references the body's physiological system.

Scentorium (olfactory factory)

Scentorium (olfactory factory) is a performance and installation project about smell perception and geography. It is an ongoing work (started in 2002) that takes many forms, including an on-line interactive map and survey to collect smell data. www.olfactoryfactory.org. This work has been exhibited as an installation and performed in Baltimore, St Petersburg, Russia, Tokyo, Japan and New York City.

  • Scentorium

    The Scentorium is pictured here installed as part of the Out of Place exhibit at University of Maryland, College Park, MD 2007. The gallery visitor is accessing the on-line survey.
  • Scentorium (olfactory factory) 2007

    A gallery visitor entering survey info to be included in the Global Smell Map.
  • Scentorium(olfactory factory)

    Side view with "prepared" radiators, which include thermodynamic smell specimens.
  • Scentorium performance

    As a Smell Hostess, I blindfold a willing participant and various olfactory specimens are placed under their nose. They are asked a series of questions connected to the specimens. I specifically ask them not to try to identify the specimen but to simply respond to the scent and the memory it may evoke.
  • Scentorium performance

    On Charles Street, Baltimore Md 2005 as part of the High Zero Festival. My assistant records the response of the participant. Later the responses are read back to the visitor.
  • Scentorium performance

    At the Baltimore Farmers Market
  • Essence (olfactory factory)2004

    In Japan, the project took the form of a survey with multiple performances titled Essence (with Mami Takahashi) and culminated with a larger collaborative Scent Salon at the International House in Tokyo. In Japan, the response was tremendous. Pictured here the Essences are visiting the sites directed by the Japanese survey cards.
  • Essence (olfactory factory)2004

    In Japan, the project took the form of a survey with multiple performances titled Essence (with Mami Takahashi) and culminated with a larger collaborative Scent Salon at the International House in Tokyo. In Japan, the response was tremendous. Pictured here the Essences are visiting the sites directed by the Japanese survey cards.
  • Olfactory Factory

    Smell Map page
  • Olfactory Factory 2002-ongoing

    Smell survey card. The survey card and on-line survey is used to collect data and identify potential specimens for the installations. The on-line survey also directly uploads the visitors smell data to the Global Smell Map.

Installation/Performance

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  • Art Guard (en garde)

    ART GUARD (en garde) 2014 performance as part of Labbodies Lab Baltimore Museum of Art Performance with recorded tape (audio guide), plaster mask and museum guard uniform. With this performance, I suggested that the guard be considered the art of the museum. Masked and uniformed as a Baltimore Museum of Art guard, I offered lessons in self-defense with a pre-recorded audio guide.
  • Art Guard (en garde)

    ART GUARD (en garde) 2014 performance as part of Labbodies Lab Baltimore Museum of Art Baltimore, Maryland Performance with recorded tape (audio guide), plaster mask and museum guard uniform. With this performance, I suggested that the guard be considered the art of the museum. Masked and uniformed as a Baltimore Museum of Art guard, I offered lessons in self-defense with a pre-recorded audio guide.
  • The Way of Lead

    Site-specific performance 2010 Baltimore's Phoenix Shot Tower Electric casting pot, lead, bullet mold, water, table, lamp, mask and period garment. In this performance I cast lead bullets. Carroll Museum/Current Space Hope Against Hope Baltimore MD Performance concept: In Baltimore's Phoenix Shot Tower from 1828 to1892, lead objects were created that were placed in a firearm and propelled through space, with the desired effect of mortal injury.
  • Headform for the Age of Magical Thinking

    Sculpture 2010 wood, paper, fabric, video, interactive media Suspended 7'x6' diameter (head) Julio Gallery Loyola University
  • Headform for the Age of Magical Thinking

    Sculpture 2010 wood, paper, fabric, video, interactive media Suspended 7'x6' diameter (head) Julio Gallery Loyola University
  • MiMi

    MiMi Video Projection 2011 Mimi DiPietro Ice Rink Public Project Parade Director 2011-2013 Great Halloween Lantern Parade Patterson Park, Baltimore MD As the director of the lantern parade I introduced site specific video projections in the Park - projecting onto the Mimi DiPietro ice rink dome.
  • Eastern Lights

    Lantern Installation 2013 Eastern Avenue Baltimore MD 250 lanterns created out of repurposed marathon water jugs zig-zag across Eastern Avenue. These lanterns from plastic trash are designed to promote environmental awareness and also serve as an artistic intervention with everyday objects.
  • Eastern Lights

    Lantern Installation 2013 Eastern Avenue Baltimore MD 250 lanterns created out of repurposed marathon water jugs zig-zag across Eastern Avenue. These lanterns from plastic trash are designed to promote environmental awareness and also serve as an artistic intervention with everyday objects.
  • Bottle floats and lanterns

    Floats created from recycled water bottles Great Halloween Lantern Parade Patterson Park, Baltimore MD Community/Public Project Parade Director 2011-2013 (Patterson Park Public) As part of the Parade I designed a series of lantern workshops for the community that incorporated traditional lantern making techniques and recycled plastic to bring attention to public waste and to promote environmental awareness.
  • Cosmic Park

    Lake floats Marathon plastic jugs, paper and bamboo. 10'x8'x7' 2011-2013 Parade Director Great Halloween Lantern Parade Patterson Park, Baltimore MD Community Project Designed and fabricated lanterns and floats from repurposed plastic trash to promote environmental awareness. I designed and taught a series of lantern and float workshops for the community that incorporated traditional lantern making techniques and recycled plastic to bring attention to public waste and promote recycling.

Sculpture

These illuminated Sculptures often contain interior spaces for events to occur. They are best considered small theaters for a performative act or interaction. They are built, similarly to a lantern or kite in multiple forms, then stacked. The surface of the work is photocopy paper, that I wheat paste onto the surface. These papered surfaces often contain a conceptual element or a reference point for the work. All these sculptures have an accompanying sound track.

  • Dolly

    Sculpture 1997 8'dia. x 25'ht.(lit at night) wood,fabric,paper,light,sound
  • Sweetie

    Sculpture 1998 Wood,fabric,paper,plexiglass mirror, light, sound
  • Sweetie

    Sculpture 1998 Wood,fabric,paper,plexiglass mirror, light, sound

Installations

  • Matriarchical Maze

    Sculpture/Installation Artscape Baltimore, MD 30'x30'x8' wood,paper,fabric, audio, beehive. walk through maze with interior beehive
  • Matriarchical Maze

    Sculpture/Installation Artscape Baltimore, MD 30'x30'x8' wood,paper,fabric, audio, beehive. walk through maze with interior beehive
  • Matriarchical Maze

    Detail of papered surface.
  • MissConstruct

    Performance 1990 Cutting a tab of butter with an chain saw PS122
  • Workshop of Filthy Creation

    Performance 1989 Theatre Project, Baltimore MD Baltimore Museum of Art 1991 the Painted Bride Theatre, Philadelphia 1992 Performance based on Mary Shelley's Frankenstein 6 performers
  • Workshop of Filthy Creation

    Drilling an egg
  • Workshop of Filthy Creation

    Performance 1989 Theatre Project, Baltimore MD Baltimore Museum of Art 1991 Painted Bride Theatre, Philadelphia 1992 Conceived and Directed Performance based on Mary Shelley's Frankenstein
  • Fugue Chamber for Amnesiacs

    detail of inner chamber The inner chamber where I offer therapy Installation/Performance 15'diameter 1994 School33 Art Center Baltimore, MD
  • Fugue Chamber for Amnesiacs

    Detail of framed inspirational suggestions Installation/Performance 15'diameter 1994 School33 Art Center Baltimore, MD
  • Fugue Chamber for Amnesiacs

    Installation/Performance 15'diameter 1994 School33 Art Center Baltimore, MD Delaware Museum of Art 1996 (pictured) Washington Project for the Arts

Bozo Prison (for four or more)

Bozo Prison(for four or more) is a architectural follie/theater in the shape of a clown. Four or more performers are invited to perform in the cages to yell, shout or scream insults and angry words at the viewer. It is a vessel for venting and airing one's angst.
Created in 1999 as part of Artscape.

Sculpture/Installation

  • She Pod of Rotten Enchantment

    Sculpture 2009 Decker Gallery, MICA, Baltimore, MD Mixed media including interactive video, fabric, wood, photocopy paper, plants and a hammock. 16'x14'x12'ht This sculpture is a architectural folly based on an Anatolian sphinx/fertility figure. The interior is an open space and garden for events to occur and contains a hammock. The eyes are Interactive media/video that respond to the movement of the visitors that enter the interior space.
  • She Pod of Rotten Enchantment

    Sculpture 2009 Decker Gallery, MICA, Baltimore, MD Mixed media including interactive video, fabric, wood, photocopy paper, plants and a hammock. 16'x14'x12'ht This sculpture is a architectural folly based on an Anatolian sphinx/fertility figure. The interior is an open space and garden for events to occur and contains a hammock. The eyes are Interactive media/video that respond to the movement of the visitors that enter the interior space.
  • She Pod of Rotten Enchantment

    side view (detail) The viewer enters the interior installation through a doorway located on either side of the figure, between the arm and leg. Sculpture 2009 Decker Gallery, MICA, Baltimore, MD Mixed media including interactive video, fabric, wood, photocopy paper, plants and a hammock. 16'x14'x12'ht This sculpture is a architectural folly based on an Anatolian sphinx/fertility figure. The interior is an open space and garden for events to occur and contains a hammock.
  • She Pod of Rotten Enchantment

    detail of interior space with hammock. Sculpture 2009 Decker Gallery, MICA, Baltimore, MD Mixed media including interactive video, fabric, wood, photocopy paper, plants and a hammock. 16'x14'x12'ht This sculpture is a architectural folly based on an Anatolian sphinx/fertility figure. The interior is an open space and garden for events to occur and contains a hammock. The eyes are Interactive media/video that respond to the movement of the visitors that enter the interior space.
  • The Root....(blue-eyed)

    The Root....(blue-eyed) 2004 Sculpture 2004 Evergreen House, Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore MD Wood, fabric, photocopy paper, light, plantings, seed pods, dried roots with video.15'x10'x10'
  • The Root....(blue-eyed)

    The Root....(blue-eyed) 2004 Sculpture 2004 Evergreen House, Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore MD Wood, fabric, photocopy paper, light, plantings, seed pods, dried roots with video.15'x10'x10'
  • The Root....(blue-eyed)

    back view of the interior garden
  • Father Sky

    Sculpture 2012 10?x8?x13? (size variable based on ceiling height) wood, paper, fabric, light, sound, mirror

Installation/Performance

Frequencies for Darwin takes the form of a small theater that contains a voice activated, vibrational instrument. This project contains a participatory sculptural object that harks back to the parlor games of the 19th century. The work invites the viewer to sit and speak into the microphone to communicate with the common earthworm. The glass jar contains approx. 1000 red wigglers (a variety of earthworm), who, with time will move in response to the vibration of the glass. The work is inspired in part by the experiments of Charles Darwin with worms and vibration as discussed in his seminal book "The Formation Of Vegetable Mould, Through The Actions of Worms".
We have much in common with the earthworm. Worms respond to vibration, such as the patter of rain or the pecking of the birds on the earth. Humans also communicate with vibration, via the vibrating folds of the larynx, and the vibration of sound transmitted through the air.

  • The Main Drain

    Performance 2005 Area 405 Gallery site specific performance Mixed media, three performers
  • The Main Drain

    Performance 2005 Area 405 Gallery site specific performance Mixed media, three performers
  • SonicWormWagon

    Conflux Festival of Psychogeography Tompkins Square Park, NYC 2009 modified red wagon, 500 worms, audio 2009
  • Frequencies for Darwin (vermi conversation)

    (detail of installation) This image shows the modified speaker which amplifies the voice via the microphone and vibrates the jar of worms. Because the worms are light sensitive they are placed in red light to allow the participant to see them respond to the vibrations.
  • Frequencies for Darwin (vermi conversation) 2006

    1000 red wigglers, microphones, amplifier, red light. In this installation the participant is invited to talk to worms via a sculptural instrument. The worm filled glass jar has been modified with an audio speaker that vibrates when the participant speaks through the microphone. This work is inspired in part by the experiments of Charles Darwin with worms and vibration as discussed in his seminal book "The Formation Of Vegetable Mould, Through The Actions of Worms".
  • Frequencies for Darwin (vermi conversation) 2006

    Instructional card for performance. In this installation the participant is invited to talk and listen to worms via a sculptural instrument. The worm filled glass jar has been modified with an audio speaker that vibrates when the participant speaks through the microphone. This work is inspired in part by the experiments of Charles Darwin with worms and vibration as discussed in his seminal book "The Formation Of Vegetable Mould, Through The Actions of Worms".
  • Last Full Measure of Devotion"; (seance for patriots' dreams)

    Installation 2008 300 military uniforms, 2 channel video, glitter 18'x15'x8' Arlington Art Center Arlington, VA
  • Invocation for "The Last Full Measure of Devotion"; (seance for patriots' dreams)

    Installation 2008 300 military uniforms, 2 channel video, glitter 18'x15'x8' Arlington Art Center Arlington, VA
  • Fauxbow

    Sculpture 2012 Influx Gallery, Baltimore 100 liters of bottled water, light, wood, dye
  • Fauxbow

    Sculpture 2012 Influx Gallery, Baltimore 100 liters of bottled water, light, wood, dye

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