The Lost Mansion is a narrative
multimedia work that explores the relationship between reality and memory
and imagination. Two stories are told at the same time. The primary
narrative concerns the main character's discovery of the lost
mansion through by following a map. The second story relates
how his ancestor "won" the map in a long and bizare
game played on a remote jungle island.
The work emphasizes the power
of imagination and memory to relive treasured events and suggests
the intangibility of reality through the vividness of memory
The work features a live performer,
live music and sound effects performed in surround sound and
mixed live, and live projected video. The video consists of a
video game-like 3D animation of the scenes projected on a large
screen behind the performer. In addition to narrating the story,
the live performer "plays" ordinary objects that have
been wired with MIDI triggers. The objects generate a variety
of percussive and melodic electronic sounds.
The Lost Mansion has been
performed in Chicago, New York, and St. Louis and was developed
with financial assistance from the Elgin Arts Council.