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Turn of the Tide

Installation using performer’s breath, stretch sensor, wireless transmitter, projected video on custom curved wall, meditation cushion, blue floodlights, speakers, amplifier, found audio, Arduino, Mad Mapper and Max software / Duration variable / 2019.

Going/Staying

"Going/Staying" is a performance/installation in which long range bluetooth technology is used to send signals from pressure sensors in the artist’s shoes to a kick drum when the artist is within a 1 mile range of the drum. This technology enables an immediate real time connection between the artist’s footsteps and the drum beating. / Duration variable / 2015-2017.

Arrhythmia of the Body

Arrhythmia of the Body
"Arrhythmia of the Body" is a series of 20 photographs created using extra large prosthetic hands and feet, designed to disrupt the artist’s everyday movements / 20 inkjet prints / 5” x 7” in. each / 2015.

Physical Arrangement for String Quartet (Excerpts)

"Physical Arrangement for String Quartet" is a performance using 2 violinists, 1 violist, 1 cellist, custom furniture, custom composition by Benjamin Buchanan / Full duration 10min. / 2015.

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Sara Dittrich is an interdisciplinary sculpture artist who builds introspective experiences that shift perspective from passive seeing to active looking, from passive hearing to active listening. Using musical thinking, Dittrich illuminates the dynamic and unconscious rhythms of the body and environments. Her art is heard and felt in real time, a feature that Nat Trotman, Curator of Performance and Media at the Guggenheim, called “the liveness” of Dittrich’s work. Dittrich uses a diverse set of... more

Turn of the Tide

“Turn of the Tide” is a new immersive installation created in 2019 during my Visual Arts Fellowship at the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown, MA. Positioned at the tip of Cape Cod—where one keenly feels the rhythms and effects of the changing climate—I have begun to expand my work to address climate crisis issues by examining the relationship between rhythms of the body to rhythms found within nature. This new direction in my work expands upon previous pieces that utilize biosensors to amplify the body, such as “Going/Staying” and “Cadence”. The installation renews awareness of our physical connection to the earth within the context of a rapidly changing landscape. The work aims to reaffirm our relationship to the land.

In the installation, as the performer inhales, the tide in the projected video rises, as the performer exhales, the tide recedes. Controlled in real time via wireless biosensor.

  • Turn of the Tide

    Installation using performer’s breath, stretch sensor, wireless transmitter, projected video on custom curved wall, meditation cushion, blue floodlights, speakers, amplifier, found audio, Arduino, Mad Mapper and Max software / Duration variable / 2019.
  • Installation View

    Installation View
    Installation using performer’s breath, stretch sensor, wireless transmitter, projected video on custom curved wall, meditation cushion, blue floodlights, speakers, amplifier, found audio, Arduino, Mad Mapper and Max software / Duration variable / 2019.
  • Performer View

    Performer View
    Installation using performer’s breath, stretch sensor, wireless transmitter, projected video on custom curved wall, meditation cushion, blue floodlights, speakers, amplifier, found audio, Arduino, Mad Mapper and Max software / Duration variable / 2019.
  • Breath sensor (Detail)

    Breath sensor (Detail)
    Installation using performer’s breath, stretch sensor, wireless transmitter, projected video on custom curved wall, meditation cushion, blue floodlights, speakers, amplifier, found audio, Arduino, Mad Mapper and Max software / Duration variable / 2019.

Going/Staying

Going/Staying is a performance/installation that uses long range bluetooth technology to send signals from pressure sensors in the artist’s shoes to a kick drum when the artist is within a 1 mile range of the drum. This technology enables an immediate real-time connection with no delay between the artist’s footsteps and the drum beating.

“He listens—and first to his body; he learns rhythm from it, in order consequently to appreciate external rhythms. His body serves him as a metronome.” -- Henri Lefebvre, Rhythmanalysis

  • Going/Staying

    "Going/Staying" is a performance/installation in which long range bluetooth technology is used to send signals from pressure sensors in the artist’s shoes to a kick drum when the artist is within a 1 mile range of the drum. This technology enables an immediate real time connection between the artist’s footsteps and the drum beating. / Duration variable / 2015-2017.

Arrhythmia of the Body

Arrhythmia of the Body is a series of 20 photographs created using extra large prosthetic hands and feet, designed to disrupt the artist’s everyday movements.

"We are only conscious of most of our rhythms when we begin to suffer from some irregularity."
-- Henri Lefebvre, Rhythmanalysis

Physical Arrangement for String Quartet

In Physical Arrangement for String Quartet, musicians perform a new composition created by Benjamin Buchanan while placed in strenuous/precarious positions throughout the designated space. The composition and choreography amplifies each musician’s body in space and in relation to one another.

  • Physical Arrangement for String Quartet

    Physical Arrangement for String Quartet
    Performance using 2 violinists, 1 violist, 1 cellist, custom furniture, custom composition by Benjamin Buchanan / Duration 10min. / 2015.
  • Physical Arrangement For String Quartet (Full Version)

    Performance using 2 violinists, 1 violist, 1 cellist, custom furniture, custom composition by Benjamin Buchanan / Duration 10min. / 2015.
  • Willis

    Performance using 2 violinists, 1 violist, 1 cellist, custom furniture, custom composition by Benjamin Buchanan / Duration 10min. / 2015.
  • Zach

    Performance using 2 violinists, 1 violist, 1 cellist, custom furniture, custom composition by Benjamin Buchanan / Duration 10min. / 2015.
  • Elizabeth

    Performance using 2 violinists, 1 violist, 1 cellist, custom furniture, custom composition by Benjamin Buchanan / Duration 10min. / 2015.
  • Jenna

    Performance using 2 violinists, 1 violist, 1 cellist, custom furniture, custom composition by Benjamin Buchanan / Duration 10min. / 2015.

Trio for Solo Contrabass

Trio for Solo Contrabass is a video depicting two musicians and the artist working together to play a single pitch on the contrabass indefinitely using a two-meter long bow. The extended bow unifies the bodies into one being. In this video, multiple points of tension (hair of the bow, strings of the contrabass, muscles of the performers) precisely come together to create a meditative sound experience. The continuous motion of the performers and unending sound creates a space to "just be".

Score for Room

Score For Room is an experimental music notation installation. Over a 2 month period, the paper floor, patterned to look like sheet music, accumulated the wears and tears of the artist's everyday rhythms in her personal live/work space at the Bemis Center for Contemporary Art.

  • Final Result

    Score For Room
    White and black construction paper, the accumulation of dust, dirt and movements / 28’ x 34’ ft. / 2015.
  • Installed in live/work space

    Score For Room
    White and black construction paper, the accumulation of dust, dirt and movements / 28’ x 34’ ft. / 2015.
  • Room Detail #1

    Score For Room
    White and black construction paper, the accumulation of dust, dirt and movements / 28’ x 34’ ft. / 2015.
  • Room Detail #2

    Score For Room
    White and black construction paper, the accumulation of dust, dirt and movements / 28’ x 34’ ft. / 2015.
  • Room Schematic

    Score For Room
    White and black construction paper, the accumulation of dust, dirt and movements / 28’ x 34’ ft. / 2015.

Variations on Listening (Series)

In an ongoing series of works, I have become obsessed with using doll push molds to create hundreds of tiny ears out of clay. I find the repetitive process of using these molds very meditative. It allows me to reflect on my body and not take it for granted. Philosopher Henri Lefebvre’s text, Rhythmanalysis, has inspired these pieces as he explains how the body is the first point of analysis when it comes to interpreting the myriad of rhythms that surround us (e.g. social, cultural, musical, biological, environmental).

Cadence

Cadence involves two performers both attached to a heart pulse sensor. Each sensor is connected to a motor which is attached to a drumstick. Each drumstick taps to the individual's pulse.

  • Cadence

    Drumsticks, snare drum, Arduino, Arduino heart pulse sensor, electrical components / Duration variable / 2013.

Call and Response

Call and Response is site-specific installation that is participatory and designed so that multiple people can improvise on the piece together in the same moment. An acoustic pickup amplifies the strings.

  • Call and Response

    Call and Response
    Wire, found double bass bridge, acoustic pickup, amplifier, speaker, ladder / Dimensions variable / 2013.
  • Call and Response (Detail)

    Call and Response
    Wire, found double bass bridge, acoustic pickup, amplifier, speaker, ladder / Dimensions variable / 2013.
  • Call and Response

    Call and Response
    Wire, found double bass bridge, acoustic pickup, amplifier, speaker, ladder / Dimensions variable / 2013.

Nonversation

Interactive sound sculpture using found audio of U.S. politicians from C-SPAN.org, speakers, wire, amplifier, clay, conduit; 7" x 4" x 100" in.

A reflection on who has authority over the land, who we listen to and why.⁣⁣

Installation views at the Fine Arts Work Center.

  • Nonversation

    Interactive sound sculpture using found audio of U.S. politicians from C-SPAN.org, speakers, wire, amplifier, clay, conduit / 7" x 4" x 100" in. / 2019.

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