Faultline was created over the course of a year in 2014-15 and performed live at San Quentin Prison in November 2015 for a mixed audience of incarcerated and free people. Faultline explored the almost geological weight, time, and pressure of incarceration. In this piece, the collective 334 years served by the Artistic Ensemble members appears both as a crushing total and as a series of rituals of daily life in prison. Tremors, tensions, and hopes are transmitted; in the end, loose rocks are gathered to spell out, WE ARE HERE. The second piece we created together as the Artistic Ensemble, Faultline developed our collaborative process and increased the inside members’ artistic agency.

Photos by Peter Merts.