The Builders Association & dbox:
Oct 12–14, 2006
A multimedia warning about identity theft that puts technology to stunningly visceral use.
Each time you swipe a credit card, chat online, fill a prescription, or make an airline reservation, click by click, you leave a trail of personal electronic information that takes shape as a virtual data body, well recorded and maintained. It never goes away; it’s there for the taking. SUPER VISION is a provocative and often funny look at Digital Age anxieties, using the language and tools of surveillance itself to craft gorgeous illusions about the hidden realms of our instant-access society. Obie Award-winning performance ensemble The Builders Association and dbox, the acclaimed New York digital design studio, were last seen in Chicago with the MCA co-commission Alladeen. This collaboration extends the scope of contemporary theater and of personal identity, using a seamless blend of performance, text, architecture, and digital media to explore the impact of technology on humanity.
Sparked by the head-on collision of technology and the stage, The Builders Association keeps theatre on the front line of performance art. This year marks the 10th anniversary of experimental theater and media company The Builders Association. Founded and directed by OBIE award-winner Marianne Weems, this New York-based group utilizes a variety of media to heighten both the visual and auditory experience of audience members. Architecture, text, video, sound, music, and stage performance are all intricately woven together to create spectacles exploring technology and art, pushing the perimeters set by traditional notions of theatre.
New York-based dbox is an agency that works to create promotions for various industries. With the creative contribution of art directors, photographers, filmmakers, interactive designers, and 3D specialists, the endeavors of dbox span from real estate to fashion. In crafting these artistic and commercial projects, dbox continues to explore growths in technology through a range of media outlets.
Artists Up Close
First Night Post-Show Talk
Thursday, October 12
Peter Taub, Director of MCA Performance Programs, moderates an insightful post-show talk with the artists.
Saturday, October 14, 2 pm, Kanter meeting room; Free
The artists and the public participate in a free-ranging conversation about the topics raised by SUPER VISION.
Friday, October 13
Audience members are invited to a free round of drinks with the artists immediately following the performance. Hosted by the Chestnut Grill & Wine Bar at the Seneca Hotel, 200 East Chestnut. Limited to ages 21 and over; one drink per admission stub.
This project is supported in part by an award from National Endowment for the Arts.