1. Atmospheres & Accidental Ghosts

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    “Atmospheres & Accidental Ghosts” is a two-channel video and sound installation, which randomly reconfigures and activates a perpetually shifting selection of media drawn from the artists’ work and obsessions. Relying on chance and coincidence, this at times unruly and unpredictable piece generates elliptical narratives and enigmatic visual juxtapositions, as the computer continually scans for something elusive, scrambling restlessly through data in an attempt to search for patterns or meaning. Upturned sinking ships, flashes of color and light, shuffling playing cards, a dancer’s looming face, fragments of text, and spectral mirages meld, collide, and shimmer, in a ghostly aura of moving image montage. Brooklyn BEAT Festival, September 2012 Installed at the Brooklyn Public Library

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    • Standing By: Gatz Backstage

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      "Standing By: Gatz Backstage" is an atmospheric portrait of backstage life during "Gatz", a ground breaking performance work created by New York City’s renowned theater company Elevator Repair Service. Gatz (which Ben Brantley of The NY Times called “the most remarkable achievement in theater not only of this year but also of this decade”) is a highly acclaimed, 8-hour theatrical event in which the entirety of Fitzgerald’s novel is voiced and enacted onstage. The documentary follows the company through a composite day, focusing on the inherent tension between inertia and explosive energy, as actors move between periods of repose or waiting, moments before they are about to unleash their energy into performance. The camera lingers on performers in these transitional states, hovering somewhere between themselves and the characters they inhabit onstage – as they rest, check email, watch the Wimbledon finals, get a massage, and prepare for the next scene.. The project was shot in London in July 2012. It is currently in progress. Directed and shot by: Shaun Irons Editor: Lauren Petty Original music: Brian Rogers

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      • Gatz: Backstage London - Preview

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        "Standing By: Gatz Backstage" is an atmospheric portrait of backstage life during "Gatz", a ground breaking performance work created by New York City’s renowned theater company Elevator Repair Service. Gatz (which Ben Brantley of The NY Times called “the most remarkable achievement in theater not only of this year but also of this decade”) is a highly acclaimed, 8-hour theatrical event in which the entirety of Fitzgerald’s novel is voiced and enacted onstage. The documentary follows the company through a composite day, focusing on the inherent tension between inertia and explosive energy, as actors move between periods of repose or waiting, moments before they are about to unleash their energy into performance. The camera lingers on performers in these transitional states, hovering somewhere between themselves and the characters they inhabit onstage – as they rest, check email, watch the Wimbledon finals, get a massage, and prepare for the next scene.. The project was shot in London in July 2012. It is currently in progress. Directed and shot by: Shaun Irons Editor: Lauren Petty Original music: Brian Rogers

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        • Keep Your Electric Eye On Me

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          A video sketch from rehearsal. Performer Abby Man-Yee Chan undergoes a violent transformation.

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          • the horror the horror (i have plenty of energy to drive over there)

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            Excerpts - full performance 45 minutes “the horror the horror (I have plenty of energy to drive over there)” is a largely improvised live sound, video, and performance spectacle, which engages notions of loss, memory, eroticism and rage. Seamlessly incorporating live and processed imagery, electronic, and acoustic music, the work references Bernini's highly theatrical sculpture the “Ecstasy of St. Theresa”, Brando's death scene form “Apocalypse Now”, and the rantings of a drunk and enraged Mel Gibson. “the horror the horror” conjures a slowed down realm of breathing, watching, and dreaming, a world of literal and internal reflection, using multiple large scale video projections, surround sound audio, escalating feedback, live cameras and a dancer to spin a gothic meditation on American pop culture and the personal obsessions of madmen. “the horror the horror” has been seen at a variety of venues including the Movement Research Festival at Danspace, the Abrons Arts Center, The Center for Contemporary Art Santa Fe, and in an abandoned building on Governors Island. Live video: Shaun Irons & Lauren Petty Live audio: Brian Rogers Performer: Madeline Best (12.2011)

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            • Is Anyone Not Ready? - trailer

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              "Is Anyone Not Ready?" is a feature length, experiential documentary which focuses on New York's legendary theater company, The Wooster Group, as they attempt to return Richard Burton’s seminal 1964 filmed version of "Hamlet" back to the live stage. Spanning several years, the documentary offers a backstage view, exposing the daily rhythms of the company; the pre-show rituals, the intense concentration of performance, as well as the hopes, expectations and frustrations of Scott Shepherd, the actor playing Hamlet. Following the trajectory from the playful, searching frustrations of early rehearsals through the heightened zero hour tensions of opening night, "Is Anyone Not Ready?" is ultimately a meditation on the cyclical and repetitive nature of life in the theater. "Is Anyone Not Ready?" has been an ongoing independently produced project which is nearing completion.

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              • 69°S (The Shackleton Project)

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                Sixty-nine degrees south latitude, threshold of Antactica, foreboding and cold, in an attempt to cross the continent, explorer Ernest Shcackleton and crew have been shipwrecked, and now through the work of marionette company Phantom Limb, they emerge before us in the snow. A cryptic geologic language accompanies their journey, composed of field recordings layered over a gripping minimalist score (recorded by Kronos Quartet). As astral projections bathe the audience in a long polar night, hope rises with the sun and a darkly beautiful vision of the Antarctic future unfolds in this tale of survival at the end of the earth. We collaborated with Phantom Limb on “69°S” to create an immersive, stage-filling, five-channel video installation which we mixed and processed live to accompany the performances. Our work provided historical context, atmospheric conditions (such as raging snowstorms, cracking ice, a lunar eclipse, and an otherworldly aurora), as well as abstracted, painterly, hand made images lending psychological and emotional weight to Shackleton’s dramatic and famous story of isolated men surviving against all odds. “69°S” has been seen at a variety of locations including the Noorderzon Festival in Holland, EMPAC in Troy, NY, Dartmouth College and at BAM’s Next Wave Festival. (1.5.2012)

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                • Keep Your Electric Eye On Me

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                  This sample represents an early sketch of preliminary material shot over one weekend that we have begun developing for “Keep Your Electric Eye On Me”. Throughout the work, we intend on including glimpses of natural landscapes, which add a visual and emotional counterpoint to the austere, technological set. These highly charged episodes, combining pastoral visions with signal interruptions of feedback, will exist as dreams or memories conjured by the live performer. Other characters will often inhabit these visions, interacting with the live performer or each other. Content of this type would play as persistent, obsessive loops – repeatedly scrutinized and observed, in attempt to gain clues or information from these recurring fragments. (12.12.11)

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