Notes on Fiction: House of Leaves
Wednesday September 18, 2013
Multimedia piano/percussion duo OUTLAW premiered an experimental evening-length work inspired by Mark Danielewski’s House of Leaves. Using a unique blend of performance art, electronics, visual elements and live music, it reflects the labyrinthine structure and disturbing undertones that characterize House of Leaves. Audience members found themselves faced with strange soundscapes, unpredictable characters and cryptic texts.
$15 General Admission
About House of Leaves
Years ago, when House of Leaves was first being passed around, it was nothing more than a badly bundled heap of paper, parts of which would occasionally surface on the Internet. No one could have anticipated the small but devoted following this terrifying story would soon command. Starting with an odd assortment of marginalized youth -- musicians, tattoo artists, programmers, strippers, environmentalists, and adrenaline junkies -- the book eventually made its way into the hands of older generations, who not only found themselves in those strangely arranged pages but also discovered a way back into the lives of their estranged children.
Now, for the first time, this astonishing novel is made available in book form, complete with the original colored words, vertical footnotes, and newly added second and third appendices.
The story remains unchanged, focusing on a young family that moves into a small home on Ash Tree Lane where they discover something is terribly wrong: their house is bigger on the inside than it is on the outside.
Of course, neither Pulitzer Prize-winning photojournalist Will Navidson nor his companion Karen Green was prepared to face the consequences of that impossibility, until the day their two little children wandered off and their voices eerily began to return another story -- of creature darkness, of an ever-growing abyss behind a closet door, and of that unholy growl which soon enough would tear through their walls and consume all their dreams.
OUTLAW is a newly formed piano/percussion duo that seeks to live outside of the traditional composer/performer relationship. In generating original material, Tristan McKay (piano) and Ellery Trafford (percussion) draw on visual art, literature and theater to craft interactive multimedia performances that are uniquely their own. Most recently, OUTLAW performed at the Music With A View Festival at the Flea Theater and Spectrum on the Lower East Side.