Caution bomb is a three-tiered project, which in its various iterations takes up the US Homeland Security slogan ‘see something, say something’ through composition and oration. The project began with the opera “Caution Baum,” created and directed for the State University of Music and Performing Arts in Stuttgart, Germany (2014). The second tier of the work, “Caution Palm,” considers Los Angeles, the paparazzi and the palm trees of the southern Californian landscape. Caution bomb concludes with a poetic narration of Adair’s findings, as a representative for a gossip blog, at the 2016 US Presidential National Conventions. In all components, the omnipresent slogan ‘see something, say something’ is repeated, deconstructed, and given space to be reconsidered.
(1) Caution Baum, 2016, HD video, 20’27 TRT, 2’36 excerpt, audio and color.
Working with six vocalists and three instrumentalists I created the opera, Caution Baum, for live performance and video (“Baum” being “tree” in German). The loose narrative of the piece surrounds notions of esotericism within the forests of southern Germany. Throughout the opera the performers whisper the line ‘see something, say something’ with regards to the death and reappearance of a tree/Baum. Stuttgart has seen protests in recent years surrounding political rights in regards to redevelopment of its train station and the destruction of city park trees.
(2) Caution Palm
The phrase ‘see something, say something,’ in Caution Palm, a song-poem with accompanying visual media, exists in relation to the fantasy of the southern Californian landscape, with its palm trees and its paparazzi.
(3) Caution bomb, 2017, video-performance, HD video and stills, 12’16 TRT, audio and color.
Caution bomb is a ‘brief’ of my findings at the 2016 Democratic and Republican National Conventions, which I covered acting as a representative for a gossip blog. With their triads of police-press-and-protesters that rival any spectacle in the celebrity world, the Conventions provide a foreshadow of the US Presidential election to come. Caution bomb was first performed at Veggie Cloud, Los Angeles on the eve of the 2017 Inauguration Day.