Tickets are now on sale for ABACUS. Created by Early Morning Opera and Lars Jan, this profound avant-garde video performance piece is part of the BAM Next Wave Festival, September 24-27.
You can order tickets here. They’re going fast.
Previously seen at Live Arts Exchange (LAX), REDCAT, and the Sundance Film Festival’s New Frontier Section, ABACUS will finally make it’s New York premiere as part of the celebrated Next Wave Festival at the Brooklyn Academy of Music (BAM). Performances will take place at BAM Fisher September 24-27, 2014.
ABACUS is a baroque presentation delivered by invented public persona Paul Abacus (who may or may not be the hyperbolic alter-ego of Lars Jan himself), as he leads the audience in a lecture (reminiscent of a TED talk) about the future of national borders, the workings of contemporary persuasion, and our evolving relationship to the screens in our public and private spaces, not to mention our pockets. In style, this one hour, direct-address presentation assumes a TED-talk feel fused with the grand gestures of megachurch media design, all while utilizing emerging technologies and stunning visual effects generated in real-time by custom software and the wireless live feeds of two dancing Steadicam operators.
Video, scenic, and software design by Pablo N. Molina
Visualization software and data narrative design by James N. Sears and Jonathan Cousins
Music, sound, and software design by Nathan Ruyle
Lighting design by Christopher Kuhl
Produced by Miranda Wright / Los Angeles Performance Practice
Paul Abacus: Sonny Valicenti
Steadicam Operators: Nicholas Konow and John Luna
Commissioned by EMPAC / Experimental Media and Performing Arts Center, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Troy, NY