DEVILS HOPYARD

BLESSING

CREDITS

ARTIST/ DP/ PERFORMER
Lani Asuncion

PERFORMERS
Ralph Crispino, Jr.
Monica Hernandez-Truitt
Tung-Hui Hu
Madeline Irvine
Karen Kartzer
Alice Miceli de Araujo
Tawnie Olson

BOAT TECH
Chad Stayrook

VISUAL EFFECTS ARTIST
Michael Schleif

MUSIC
Tawnie Olson

SPECIAL THANKS
Mason Carillo & Jacob Patrie

LOCATION
I-PARK Foundation Artists Residency, May 2013
Devil’s Hopyard, East Haddam, CT

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This video series is meant to contract the multitude of negative urban legends surrounding the Devil’s Hopyard Park in East Haddam, CT; to give back a sense of mystery and allow the legends to live in a new form.

In research for this video located in East Haddam, CT I contacted the MASHANTUCKET PEQUOT MUSEUM AND RESEARCH CENTER and was lead to the book LEGENDARY CONNECTICUT: TRADITIONAL TALES FROM THE NUTMEG STATE by David Philips (July 1, 1995). In this book I found the story of MOODUS NOISES based around Machimoodus State Park & Devil’s Hopyard about the Devil’s Hopyard Park near I-Park Foundation residency. Aspects of the DEVILS HOPYARD Series references the legend of Dr. Steele, and how he loosened a huge carbuncle form the mouth of Cave Hill (near Machimoodus Park).

…Loud were the Moodus noises that night. The mountain shook and groans and hisses were heard in the air as he pried up the stone that lay across the pit-mouth. When he had lifted it off a light poured from it and streamed into the heaven like a crimson comet or a spear of the northern aurora. It was the flash of the great carbuncle, and the stars seen through it were as if dyed in blood. In the morning Steele was gone. He had taken ship for England. The gem carried with it an evil fate, for the galley sank in mid-ocean; but, though buried beneath a thousand fathoms of water, the red ray of the carbuncle sometimes shoots up from the sea, and the glow of it strikes fear into the hearts of passing sailors. Long after, when the booming was heard, the Indians said that the hill was giving birth to another beautiful stone. (190-95)

The hood piece is made of 700 feet of white nylon rope that references the production of fishing nets & mother of pearl buttons in East Haddam, CT during the early 1900’s.

 


 

Bridge

DEVILS HOPYARD | BRIDGE

CREDITS

ARTIST/ DP
Lani Asuncion

PERFORMER
Tawnie Olson

MUSIC & AUDIO DESIGN
Tawnie Olson


 

Moodus Noises

CREDITS

ARTIST/ DP/ PERFORMER
Lani Asuncion

VISUAL EFFECTS ARTIST
Michael Schleif

MUSIC & AUDIO DESIGN
G. K. Velush


INSTALLATIONS

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Devils Hopyard
hood + single channel video
700 ft. rope
size variable
2014

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Schumacher Gallery
Westover School, Middlebury, CT
November 16-December 11, 2014