Good News from Outer Space (working title) is an animation-in-progress and its accompanying large scale set design/sculptural installation. This piece was created in collaboration with 2Squared, a classically-trained piano duo, Andrew Ranaudo and Nicole Brancato, who create two-hand piano performances based on historical research. This work is being created for exhibition as well as to accompany performances by the duo, 
 
The animation is based on research undertaken at the Rubenstein Rare Manuscript Library at Duke University. This project investigates the aesthetic self-contextualization of historic LGBTQ+, anti-racist, and feminist groups and has resulted in an archive of illustrations, photographs, logos, and protest art culled from periodicals designed to create social fortifications against oppression. The video draws on science fiction’s filmic tropes, loosely depicting urgent messages transmitted to Earth from an ‘advanced society’ in the form of images recreated from the archive.
 
The musical score is by Futurist composer Alfredo Casella’s Pupazzeti and performed for four hands. While Casella’s related work, Pagine di Guerra (Pages of War), directly references the effects of WW I, Pupazetti follows a similar format, but is a more playful series of five cinematic pieces written for puppets. The installation/set under construction is made of previous sculptural works that have been intentionally destroyed and rebuilt in a way that shows the hand in making. This process, which shows both the effects of destruction and the details of careful reworking, reflects Casella’s use of experimental form to explore a broad range of emotional and conceptual themes. Intended to juxtapose a potentially bright future with past struggles, the building process, like Pupazetti, is sprawling and provisional.

2018 Video Performance Collaboration with Piano Duo 2Squared
Good News From Outer Space (working title)
2018
Stop motion animation
3:45

Rough version of animation in progress.

2 Squared Piano Duo performing Alfredo Casella's Pupazetti
2018

www.2squaredpiano.com

Patte Loper 2018 Video Performance Collaboration with Piano Duo 2Squared Salvaged material, stop motion animation
Still from Marcietta
2018
Salvaged material, stop motion animation
3:45

Spaceship flying towards 'Earth'.

Patte Loper 2018 Video Performance Collaboration with Piano Duo 2Squared Salvaged material, stop motion animation
Still from Marcietta
2018
Salvaged material, stop motion animation
3:45

View from spaceship as it approaches 'Earth'.

Patte Loper 2018 Video Performance Collaboration with Piano Duo 2Squared Salvaged material, stop motion animation
Still from Bercuese
2018
Salvaged material, stop motion animation
3:45

Visual investigation of 'Earth'.

Patte Loper 2018 Video Performance Collaboration with Piano Duo 2Squared Salvaged material, stop motion animation
Still from Bercuese
2018
Salvaged material, stop motion animation
3:45

Visual investigation of 'Earth'.

Patte Loper 2018 Video Performance Collaboration with Piano Duo 2Squared Salvaged material, stop motion animation
Still from Bercuese
2018
Salvaged material, stop motion animation
3:45

Visual investigation of 'Earth'.

Patte Loper 2018 Video Performance Collaboration with Piano Duo 2Squared Salvaged material, stop motion animation
Still from Serenata
2018
Salvaged material, stop motion animation
3:45

The spaceship has landed, and is sending out communications.

Patte Loper 2018 Video Performance Collaboration with Piano Duo 2Squared Salvaged material, stop motion animation
Still from Serenata
2018
Salvaged material, stop motion animation
3:45

The spaceship has landed, and is sending out communications.

Patte Loper 2018 Video Performance Collaboration with Piano Duo 2Squared Salvaged material, putty, stop motion animation
Still from Serenata
2018
Salvaged material, putty, stop motion animation
3:45

Inhabitant of 'Earth' celebrating communications from spaceship

Patte Loper 2018 Video Performance Collaboration with Piano Duo 2Squared
2 Squared performance of Pupazetti accompanied by "Good News from Outer Space"
2018

Andrew Ranaudo and Nicole Brancato performing with Good News From Outer Space at Shapeshifter Lab in Brooklyn, NY.

Patte Loper 2018 Video Performance Collaboration with Piano Duo 2Squared
2 Squared performance of Pupazetti accompanied by "Good News from Outer Space"

Andrew Ranaudo and Nicole Brancato performing with Good News From Outer Space at Shapeshifter Lab in Brooklyn, NY.

Patte Loper 2018 Video Performance Collaboration with Piano Duo 2Squared
2 Squared rehearsal accompanied by Sarah Nicole Phillip's video
2018

Experimental videography by Sarah Nicole Phillips designed to highlight the intricacies of two-handed piano performance

Patte Loper 2018 Video Performance Collaboration with Piano Duo 2Squared
2 Squared rehearsal accompanied by Sarah Nicole Phillip's video
2018

Experimental videography by Sarah Nicole Phillips designed to highlight the intricacies of two-handed piano performance