An inter-dimensional ship has settled on an alien landscape. Once a seafaring vessel, it now bears the marks of its previous voyages, a hodgepodge of transport devices and retro-fitted technologies. The ship’s interior speaks of the rich history of the ship and its passengers, a history that is discoverable through a vast fictional archive presented throughout the ship. The foreign environment that the ship resides in is filled with alien flora, fauna, and fungi; glowing trees that interact with audience members, cliff dwellings sprouting mysterious fruits, and creatures that sing alien tunes. The project incorporates video, live performance and extensive interactive elements, to submerge the audience into a fully-operating fictional world.
This multi-media art experience is a collaboration between over 100 artists, including national and international artists.
“The Due Return” rejects any sense of the preciousness of the art object; it is a cultural phenomenon that reflects the raw energy of the youthful collective that made it. Just as the Disneyland ride, Pirates of the Caribbean, has grown beyond itself from mere entertainment into cinematic lore, “The Due Return” is potent as a fantastic backdrop; it is cerebral, as visceral as a pirate’s “aaarrh,” and lots of fun. – Visual Arts Source
The Due Return’s sheer immensity and ambition are staggering. – Santa Fe Reporter