Part 1 of 2
MemeFactory had its debut performance at 3rd Ward in Brooklyn on March 24th, 2009. It was written and performed by myself, Patrick Davison and Stephen Bruckert. It was featured in Time Out New York, on the NYTimes Urban Eye mailing list, on NBC NY's events listings, Free Williamsburg and others. The show is one half lecture and one half meme creation workshop. You can find media created by the participants here.
Three gentlemen with five computers and three projectors take the audience on a fast-paced and whirlwind tour of every major internet meme, famous piece of internet media and upwards of three hours of youTube footage over the course of one and one half of one hour. The modus is not depth, but breadth, and constant audience participation. The goal of the evening is to produce an audience generated entry of every internet phenomenon as possible, including but not limited to: LOLCats, Bouncing GIFs, Me Singing [blank], Reaction Videos, Folk Covers of Hip Hop Classics, FAILs, Redubbed music videos, and more. You can think of it as somewhere between a lecture, vaudeville and Double Dare.^
The Hannah Complex
The Hannah Complex is a lecture in one act for two vocalists, chamber orchestra (or pre-recorded music), and slide-show. It had a work-in-progress performance at Stain Bar in Brooklyn, New York on Monday October 27th, 2008. I co-wrote, co-directed and co-starred (that's me on the right) with Patrick Davison, who also designed the slides. The slides were operated by Jo Lampert. This WIP performance was produced by Meat and Bone Theatre Co, and did not include a musical element or a full set of visuals.
Concerned largely with identity, and taking a very severe interest in the audience's understanding of the ways in which reality can be organized and sense can be made of the every day world, The Hannah Complex explains why it is we need memes, and why some of us are capable of being at once ourselves and also ... well ... anyone else. Each vocalist seeks to deliver their points at times in tandem with, at times in deference to, at times in spite of and at times depsite the other vocalist's. ^
Pressure is an evening length lecture in three acts for multiple vocalists, chamber orchestra and pre-recorded music, and slide show. Act I (also titled Pressure) was premiered at The Gene Frankel Theatre in New York, NY on May 4th and 5th of 2008. The vocalist was Jo Lampert. I wrote, recorded, mixed and performed the score. I also co-wrote and co-directed with Patrick Davison, who also designed and operated the slides. This performance was produced by Avant Media as part of a night of works entitled Triplicate. Act I of Pressure had a self-produced invite-only encore showing at Columbia University in June of 2008. Act I remains available for performance.
This evening length set of three lectures - entitled Pressure, Proximity and Probability - involve the audience in a rigorous examination of three fundamental humanities: war, love and community. Starting with a well know Artistotle quote, and ending with satellite imagery of the performance venue, we attempt to touch upon everything in between. Some leaps of faith, and logical backflips are - of course - required, but we like to think the audience might leave feeling everything is little more connected than it was when they walked in. The vocalists, though they might be shocked at your lack of expertise, really do have your best interests in mind. ^