preservation is presented in four forms: an audiovisual live performance, a short film, a record, and an artists’ book.
Preservation is a collaboration with drummer/composer Tommy Crane that immerses the viewer in the mysteries of the natural world. In her experimental film and photography, Maurice creates a world of impressionistic vignettes using dance and dark field microscopy to investigate themes of connection, transformation, and reoccurring patterns found in nature. Drawing from Crane's background in jazz and improvisational music, the original music mirrors the film, using analog synthesizers and sampling to create dynamic, ambient soundscapes that center around live drumming. The film and LP of Crane’s score will be released with a bookwork that is in collaboration with graphic designer Frédérique Gagnon and singer-songwriter, Juliana Daugherty, who contributes an inspiring collection of original poetry. The project will be released in it's entirety in 2019.
The first incarnation of Preservation was performed as part of an audiovisual night with Briars of North America, Presented in collaboration with Found Sound Nation at the Lincoln Center David Rubenstein Atrium in 2007. The project has since developed and expanded into a longer format film transferred to 16mm and edited by Armen Harootun.
Watch the trailer for the 2017 Lincoln Center show, here:
Directed by Tracy Maurice / Music Written and Produced by Tommy Crane / Produced by Sach Baylin-Stern / Production Company: Antler Films / Director of Photography (microscopy): Tracy Maurice / Director of Photography (dance): Raphaël Ouellet / Choreographed by Amy Gardner / Featuring Alexander Hille & Saskya Pauzé-Bégin / Production Manager: Shahrzad Ezz / Focus Puller: Karine Simard /Lighting Technician: Ménad Kesraoui / Special Thanks to Meera Dugal at Lincoln Center, Cineground, Cinepool, Raphael Simard and Eric Belanger.
formations is a short experimental film & photo series that is a meditation on the movement and growth of sodium acetate crystals and bubbles in water.
Set to an instrumental score composed by Tommy Crane. Created at Residency Unlimited as part of Special Features 2015. The program is supported by public funds from New York State Council on the arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature and the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council.
Directed by Tracy Maurice / Composed by Tommy Crane / Acoustic Bass: Greg Chudzik / Space Guitar Simon Jermyn / Piano, Farfisa David Moore / Drums & Cymbals Tommy Crane / Recorded by Colin Killalea / Mixed & Mastered by Andrew Dunn. A special thanks to Sonia Oleniak.