Liz Magic Laser
I Feel Your Pain
For Performa 11, Liz Magic Laser will present a new mixed-media performance, I Feel Your Pain, that draws on the Russian Constructivist idea of a “living newspaper” to restage key moments from several of America’s recent political contests as romantic drama. The performance remixes a variety of agitprop theater tactics, examining how emotion is used to establish credibility and authenticity on America’s political stage. Staged in a movie theater, the performance will happen both amongst the audience and on the cinema’s screen. Ten actors dispersed throughout the theater will erupt into episodes of intense dialogue that range from subtle gestures to full-blown physical altercations. Two cinematographers will videotape the actors as they perform, and this footage will be projected as a continuous live-feed, with Laser serving as live editor, choosing which camera angle will appear at what time. Through this pair of precisely-orchestrated shooting and editing scripts, an episodic structure will be created, with the capacity to rapidly shift from a scene of intimate dialogue to one of wildly didactic oratory
Performa 11, the fourth edition of the internationally acclaimed biennial of new visual art performance presented by Performa, will be held in New York City from November 1–21, 2011. The three-week biennial will showcase new work by more than 100 of the most exciting artists working today, in an innovative program breaking down the boundaries between visual art, music, dance, poetry, fashion, architecture, graphic design, and the culinary arts. Presented in collaboration with a consortium of more than 50 arts institutions and over 50 curators, as well as a network of public spaces and private venues across the city, Performa 11 will ignite New York City with energy and ideas, acting as a vital “think tank” linking minds across the five boroughs and bringing audiences together for brilliant new performances in all disciplines.
Founded by RoseLee Goldberg in 2004, Performa is the leading organization dedicated to exploring the critical role of live performance in the history of twentieth-century art and to encouraging new directions in performance for the twenty-first century. Performa launched New York’s first performance biennial, Performa 05, in 2005, followed by Performa 07 (2007), and Performa 09 (2009).
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