WARNING: When you leave the theater, you will leave changed. Get ready for a mind-altering evening with a pair of alchemical works from two visionary artists.
First, filmmaker JB Ghuman Jr. brings us an epic 45-minute visual-sonic experience meant to expand one's consciousness and emotional capacity through an explosive mix of hand-crafted art and multidimensional storytelling. Multifariously following the story of the Little Mermaid, THE (ART) oF BE(i)NG reaches for a mathematics of the soul to engage the more “subtle” functions of the mind.
Then, after the film, a troupe of dancers takes the stage. Put on your red-and-cyan glasses and experience a singular feat of stereoscopic shadow play. Light artist Christine Marie has been working with analog-generated shadows for over a decade, and she built her own 3-D stereoscope. In (antiquated) Augmented Reality, Marie taps this Victorian art form by casting the dancers’ shadows on a screen, while the audience watches through their 3-D glasses: it’s an immersive, fever-dream dance experience both on the stage and immediately in front of your nose.
Artist and director Christine Marie seamlessly integrates performers, objects, and special effects to elicit connections with concepts, phenomenology, and history in emotional and visually stimulating experiences. She is pioneering the use of large-scale cinematic 3-D shadows by reinventing the stereoscope. Her work for live performance and media are intrinsically tied to ancient art forms and the metaphysical exploration of light.