Plop

Project in collaboration with Keyla Hernandez.      Team: Sofia Zavala 

Plop, bringing the stage to life, and we mean every part of it. This proposal sets to create a three-dimensional version of the original Ragdale ring. We understand the shape of the original ring as a two-dimensional circle with entrances and circulation that can be interpreted in three dimensions as a spherical mass with protrusions and cutouts.The ring itself becomes an object, a mass. The idea is to focus on the performance and the performer, setting a backdrop full of possibilities while stage and performer inhabit their own space, a space different to that of the audience, creating their own bubble. The object becomes one more piece of the performance, one more piece of the event, with its qualities and characteristics. It brings a larger scale of performance; its mass and posture tell a story, that of an object ready to move, to take part of the event, to grow, to perform. It became clear the stage was craving to be alive, to take on the temporality of the installation and mutate as times goes on. It wanted to become its own animal, its own microenvironment, full of intricacies and behaviors, and so……… it was born. Its name was ………….Plop…………

Plop will go through three stages in its life, as an infant, it will be the beast sharing its belly with the artist, it will be tame but still scary, unfamiliar but performative. It will protect its inhabitants from the rain and offer shade on sunny days. A gentle giant that you look at but don’t get too close to. 

In it’s in adolescence Plop will grow hair in its body, but not any hair, its hair will grow out of his pores in the form of vegetation as it becomes a small farm. It will no longer be shy but adventurous; it will leave a residue of hay bales along the footprints of its movements as it attempts to break free. These hay bales will be repurposed by an audience eager to contemplate it. In its elder years, Plop gets tired and mutates, dismantling into smaller pieces to be able to relocate. In this last attempt, he changes form and reconstitutes itself. As it takes a different personality, it will breaks into 11 pieces like a puzzle turning inside out. It will expose his inner structure that will become planters using the hay to fill its crevices for food to grow, and animals to feed. Plop fades with the seasons, and so it will vanish …p……l…o…p………