FuturePerfect is an interdisciplinary production company with a practice that intersects the fields of performance, visual art, media and technology. Wayne Ashley, the former Director of Arts in Multimedia at Brooklyn Academy of Music (BAM), founded the company in 2009. futureperfectfestival.org
Produced in partnership with leading national and international institutions, FuturePerfect highlights new hybrid performance practices, media forms and artistic ideas that continue to emerge as computers and other non-human systems become increasingly integral to contemporary culture.
FuturePerfect curated, produced and presented the New York premiere of Kurt Hentschläger's ZEE as part of its inaugural event from October 28 - November 15, 2009 at 3-Legged Dog Center for Art and Technology in Lower Manhattan.
Exhilarating and meditative, this stroboscopic, mind-altering work pushes the boundaries of perception and creates an intense audiovisual journey. For at least the past 20 years Hentschläger has been constructing immersive environments that fuse sound, video, performance, and technology.
Entering ZEE, the visitor is immediately absorbed in a vortex of dense, odorless fog that completely obscures the walls, floor and ceiling. Individuals freely roam this environment with the help of ropes, while flickering light filters through the haze, inducing spatial disorientation and visual “distortions”. All the usual cues that contribute to depth perception—texture, shadow, size, perspective—are erased, returning each spectator, as it were, to a state of “tabula rasa”, where one’s perceptual framework is reset and then recalibrated. A droning soundscape creates an almost tactile aural field, intensifying the experience and shifting dynamically according to changes in the color, light and frequency.
3-Legged Dog Art and Technology Center co-produced ZEE in association with Performance Space 122.
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