(HUDSON, N.Y.) – Psychic Green Trailer, a historic marker / installation by Alan Danielson, will open for one night only on Saturday August 1, 2015, from 6 to 8pm at the trailer next to Basilica Hudson. The event is free and open to the public.
Tony Stone, co-founder of Basilica Hudson, preserved the former Hudson Handling trailer on Basilica’s property as a relic of Hudson’s industrial past. The trailer has evolved into a location for a site-specific artist-in-residency project, directly informing the work made during time spent inside the trailer.
Alan Danielson noticed the trailer while visiting Basilica for an exhibition featuring work by his friend Daniel Peterson in 2014. Without knowing or speaking to Stone, Danielson – who is currently a sculpture MFA candidate at Bard College – picked up on the ideas brewing for the location. Peterson curated the installation, and is presumably responsible for the following two paragraphs of academic explanation of the project:
“Playing off of roadside attractions and reconstructed historical landmarks meant to display evidence of important past events as if the figure has just vanished (e.g., Thomas Edison’s desk), the objects in the Psychic Green Trailer have been recontextualized as artifacts from a future or parallel dimension that create a fictitious and contradictory history. These alternate and intersecting narratives question the reliability of how we write, present, and interpret history as well as how we conceive possible futures in present time.”
“The reinterpretation of the history of the trailer and its contents punctures expectations of the present and collapses time (past, present, and future). Time is displaced, yet an instructional language establishes itself, providing a temporal continuum that resists interpretation as a linear narrative. The project pivots between magic and belief and tries to imagine a past and future that never occurred.”
Basilica Hudson is a newly incorporated and rapidly growing nonprofit multidisciplinary arts center in Hudson, N.Y., supporting the creation, production and presentation of arts, culture and sustainable community.
Founded in 2010 by musician Melissa Auf der Maur and filmmaker Tony Stone, Basilica Hudson makes its home in a solar powered, reclaimed 1880s industrial factory. Our broad range of programming includes our annual weekend destination events — Basilica SoundScape, Basilica Farm & Flea, and Ramp Fest.
Additionally, Basilica Hudson presents weekly experimental film screenings, unconventional art events and community gatherings. Basilica Hudson forges experiences that aspire to the scale, grit and beauty of its surroundings in Hudson, N.Y.