Marie Alarcón’s So Sorry is a look at the sublime environment of New Mexico, with a view toward the always already apocalyptic.
“So Sorry is a look at the sublime environment of New Mexico, with a view toward the always already apocalyptic. Lamenting the future and the past through the words of Peggy Lee, this piece is a contemplation of what my daughter will face and what our ancestors have already faced—a tongue-in-cheek insistence on an apology from the white establishment in warbling, bleating slow motion.”
Marie Alarcón’s expansive, process-oriented practice often includes collaboration with dancers and musicians, and bridges the poetic, the performative, and the journalistic through installation, new media technologies, and assemblage and collage.
“I center personal history and its relationship to environment, liminality, and hybridity, and cinema’s function as collective memory, through slow-motion memoirs, experimental documentaries, and ritual performance. Looking at hidden histories through the lens of the environment, I work with dancers, poets, and musicians to create pieces that focus on the body and the environment, two landscapes prone to outside forces’ maneuverings. My work addresses memory and transformation through dream spaces where visual and auditory landscapes are a collaboration between myself, dancer/performers, and the environments in which I film. I see these collaborations as dynamic conversations between the body and the lens, with the natural environment itself acting as a voice in the film rather than a backdrop.”