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. Tickets go on sale June 23.
Eccentric techno-futurologist Paul Abacus (who may or may not be the fabricated alter-ego of artist Lars Jan) presents his multimedia talking tour of our hyper-networked world to come. Flanked by balletic Steadicam operators and a giant panda, our elusive prophet walks us through a lecture that’s part TED talk, part televangelism, part new performance frontier, in the name of a world without borders. Predicated on the imminent collapse of both the nation-state and our current screen age, ABACUS is a dark roller-coaster ride through experience design, experimental comedy, and the underbelly of big data.
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