Taking Stock: The Challenges and Opportunities of Interactive Technology in Performance and Installation

The objective of this visiting artist series is to gather the creative communities of Brown, The Rhode Island School of Design, The Trinity Rep/Brown Consortium, as well as the greater academic community with the aim of starting a conversation about both the opportunities and challenges in the field of technology-infused performance and installation art. The visiting artists, all veterans in this field, will run hands-on workshops with students and also present their work in performances and presentations open to the public. Their visits will serve as a launching point for further critical discussion on the use of interactive technology in art. This series will also aim to foster greater communication between and collaboration among the students, departments, and institutions involved. The final performance of new work and scholarly presentation by participating students, in response to what they learned from the visiting artists, will give these communities a concrete opportunity to work together.


The Wooster Group:

(Photo by Nancy Cambell)

The work of The Wooster Group falls outside the parameters of traditional theater. It is situated among multiple worlds: performance, visual, media and theatrical arts. Founded in 1975, the Group was part of the radical post-modern experiments of the last quarter of the 20th century, and has continued to be a pioneer in experimental works for the stage and media. Under the direction of Elizabeth LeCompte, the Group has made more than 30 works, including Rumstick Road (1977), L.S.D. (…Just the High Points…) (1984), Brace Up! (1991), House/Lights (1999), To You, the Birdie! (Phèdre) (2002), Hamlet (2007), and La Didone (2008).

Visiting members include Kate Valk (co-founder and performer), Scott Shepherd (performer), Andrew Schneider (video), Matt Schloss (sound).


Student Workshop (by invitation only)
February 4th

Public Presentation/Panel Discussion
February 4th, 7:30-9pm

Metcalf Auditorium at the Chase Center, Rhode Island School of Design
N. Main and College St.
Providence, RI
Free and open to the public.


Victor Gama:

Victor Gama was born in Angola and currently lives in Sintra, Portugal. He is a composer, performer, designer of innovative musical instruments as well as an electronics engineer. His work explores new acoustic territories by designing musical instruments as a method of bringing the construction of the instrument into the composition process.


Student Workshops (by invitation only)
March 2-4

Public performance/presentation featuring Gama + MEME Students
March 5th, 8pm

Grant Recital Hall (behind Orwig Music Building)
at the corner of Young Orchard and Hope, Providence, RI
Free and open to the public


Christina Kubisch:

Christina Kubisch

Christina Kubisch belongs to the first generation of sound artists. Trained as a composer, she has artistically developed such techniques as magnetic induction to realize her installations. Since 1986 she has added light as an artistic element to her work with sound. Her work displays an artistic development which is often described as the "synthesis of arts" - the discovery of acoustic space and the dimension of time in the visual arts on the one hand, and a redefinition of relationships between material and form on the other.


Wednesday Sptember 29, 8pm: Screening of Christina's new movie about her sound installation work, at Grant Hall (Brown Music Department - 1 Young Orchard Ave.)
Thursday September 30, 4pm: Public Presentation, overview of her work her over career, at List Auditorium (Brown Visual Arts Department - 64 College Street).
Student Workshop, Tues Sept 28, by invitation only - contact

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