D|MA Free Flow lectureApril 6, 2006, 6:00 pm »
Marianne Weems, director of the New York-based performance and media ensemble, The Builders Association, will discuss several of the company’s cross-media productions. Founded in 1994, The Builders Association creates large-scale theatrical spectacles that exploit the richness of contemporary technologies to extend the boundaries of theater. Based on unusual collaborations and extensive periods of development, The Builders Association productions feature a seamless blend of text, sound, architecture, video and stage performances that explore the impact of technology on human presence. From Bogota to Singapore and Melbourne, from London and Rome to Los Angeles, The Builders Association shows have toured to major venues the world over.
These projects look at how the incorporation of technology influences meaning and the political and social implications of the “mediatization” of culture. In particular, Weems will show excerpts from the company’s most recent OBIE-award-winning production SUPER VISION-- a cross-media performance about “dataveillance.”
Even before we are born, our electronic data begins to accumulate and to circulate. From our first sonogram, to digital birth certificates, academic records, medical records, credit card purchases, passports, and emails- as we grow, our “data body” grows with us, and our identities seem increasingly to be constituted of data. What is the relationship between who we are and the cloud of data that surrounds each one of us?
Marianne Weems is a two-time OBIE-award-winning director of multimedia theater. She is the artistic director of the New York-based performance and media ensemble, The Builders Association (www.thebuildersassociation.org), and since 1994, has directed all of their productions, working with architects (Diller + Scofidio), multicultural artists (London’s motiroti), the virtual design studio dbox, and many other performance and media artists. Her productions have toured extensively internationally to venues including the Brooklyn Academy of Music, London’s Barbican Theatre, the Melbourne International Arts Festival, RomaEuropa Festival, and the Singapore Arts Festival. Before starting her company, she worked as a dramaturg and assistant director with Susan Sontag, The Wooster Group, and others. She recently completed a multimedia workshop with Disney Creative Entertainment and Walt Disney Imagineering and is currently at work on a new theater/music event with David Byrne and Fatboy Slim titled “Here Lies Love.” She serves on the board of the Association of Performing Arts Presenters, is on the advisory committee of the Center for Research in Engineering, Media and Performance at the University of California, Los Angeles, and is the board president of Art Matters Inc.
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