A 48-hour intensive performance event, this extension of the PLEO project featured multiple late cretaceous dinosaurs, birds, humans, and a robot in performance of their evolution. Loosely based on ethological research on imprinting and fixed action patterns in bird species and their purported connections to neurobiological reflexes and attachment patterns in humans, June and Lord explored fantasies of future non-human attachment responses through object installation, video, and choreographed movement. Visual and content imagery for this piece was inspired by Harry Harlow's research on the attachment behaviors of rhesus monkeys, and Konrad Lorenz' study of imprinting in geese, among other sources. This performance provided commentary on the attachment relationship as a key neurobiologically evolved component of survival in several pre- proto- and post-human species. Performed at the Mobius Artists Space in Boston, MA in March 2011.
Concept, choreography, and performance: Sara June
Sound design and performance: Max Lord
Photography: Bob Raymond
PLEO® robot is a product by Innvo Labs.