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Project For Empty Space, 2013
Project For Empty Space (PES) is proud to announce programming and curatorial direction for the 2013 seasons. PES will be presenting a year long committed presentation of The Other Theater. Formed in 1991, The Other Theatre, based out of Canada, is dedicated to performance that explores the tension between the individual and the collective experience.
The Other Theatre, founded by Stacey Christodoulou, who also serves as the artistic director, includes architect Enrique Enriquez and writer, director, Tamara Scherbak. The group will be presenting Etiquette for Lucid Dreaming, an in situ participative performance installation, in the Spring of 2013. Etiquette for Lucid Dreaming is the final version of their iPod project. The first three versions, titled Afterlife, Spiral Jetty and Home Theatre, explored the idea of the mp3 player as a tool for organizing territory, time and the boundaries around the body in public space.
By using the mp3 player in the creation of art, the ordinary person becomes the centre of the creative process, as his auditory experience is transformed into both an internal and external cinema. The participant, not the technology, is the star. The soundscapes created for these projects have two components: the thematic subtext and the choreographic instructions. These components are directly inspired by the performance venues: in Afterlife, a loft which becomes the space between life and death that Andy Warhol’s soul traverses when he was shot by Valerie Solanas and lay dead for three minutes; in Spiral Jetty, a former Anglican church where we explored the dreamlike state after death as described in the Buddhist bardos vs Einstein’s theory of relativity as it applies to time; finally, in Home Theatre, the house on Stanley Street that KANVA Architecture was remodelling where we used the two divided halves of the house to comment on the schizophrenic nature of its fictional inhabitants. The Dreaming Future will be a portable meant to be installed in any space.
The project is an interdisciplinary experiment where architecture, performance and film collaborate. It asks us to reverse the traditional spectator-performer dynamic so that the public becomes the creator of the art. It also asks us to look at space as influencing our capacity for heroic and personal expression.
Etiquette for Lucid Dreaming will take place in New York, in Spring 2013. Alongside this final version’s materialization, PES will be presenting curated first-time screenings, immersive audience experiences, online participatory events and discussions with the group. This is to show our commitment of developing long term relationships and committed support to the artists we work with. For more on The Other Theatre visit - http://othertheatre.com/.
Dates, Programming and other updates will be updated within the coming weeks.
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