Alex Ates speaks with Whit MacLaughlin—the experimental theatermaker who ventured into the online realm before it became our norm—about the intersection between digital technology and live performance and pedagogy.
When: Friday October 21, 2016
Where: Kampnagel, Jarrestraße 20, Hamburg
The full title of the current Blackmarket is: “THE EXTRAORDINARY ORDINARY! Disability, techno-bodies, and the question of autonomy.”
Mobile Academy-Berlin has produced 18 similar Blackmarkets all over the world since 2005. You can find the audio archive from past Blackmarkets, all with different themes, here.
Per Mobile Academy: The Blackmarket for Useful Knowledge and Non-Knowledge is a temporary production and showroom in which narrative formats of knowledge mediation will be tried out and presented. Between 12 to 100 individual tables are occupied by experts (natural scientists, craftsmen, artists, philosophers, and neighbors) who are being invited to offer a portion of their knowledge that can be told and learned in 30 minutes. The audience (rather a customer on this evening) will be able to book an expert and his or her offer of knowledge for a half-hour, and to acquire this knowledge or ability in a mutual dialogue. Furthermore, the audience can choose among several experts/knowledge service personnel (12 to 120) and get checked in for several half-hour conversations. In this way, a hallucinated community college will be produced in which learning and unlearning, knowledge and non-knowledge, and strategies of living and surviving will change ownership in a non-institutional way. The transfer of knowledge as a communicative and performative act will become a collectively, whispered story of knowledge on this night, all of this taking place in the theater, the original location of public debate.
When: Fridays through November 18th, 7:00pm
Where: Center for Performance Research (361 Manhattan Avenue, Brooklyn)
Price: $10.00 “Full City+ is an immersive theatrical experience where spectators become patrons in a coffee shop populated by an eclectic staff, first dates, long distance meltdowns, and the next great American something.”
“Coffee, tea, beer, wine, and light food starting at 7:00pm and available throughout and after the performance.”
When: Thursdays-Saturdays, October 20 to November 5, 8 p.m.
Where: 85 E 4th Street in Manhattan
Price: $24.20 (including online fees)
Writer/performer Clay McLeod Chapman believes in America. What it once was. What it can be again. And to make our nation great, everybody’s got to make sacrifices. Ancient sacrifices. In honor of the election year, the 19th annual Pumpkin Pie Show praises politics with ballot-shredding tales of witch-hunting in the White House, interdimensional orgies in the Lincoln bedroom, draw-and-quartering Occupy protesters, and good ol’ fashioned mudslinging.
When: Saturdays, October 8-29, 2016
Where: King Hing Theater (647 N Spring St., Los Angeles)
Price: $50 ($25 student/senior)
Chinatown’s King Hing Theater has been dormant for 20 years, and now it will be the site of a brand new performance by Heidi Duckler Dance Theatre.
“When I Am King explores what it means to be a public figure—by whatever measure: a presidential candidate, a YouTube star, or just a person who likes to inform their “followers” about today’s lunch. In a time when people are no longer individuals, but brands, what does it mean to have control or power?”
This mobile work is being produced in association with two of Duckler’s “long-time collaborators, renowned multi-disciplinary designer Dan Evans, and composer Amy Knoles” who will “transform the theater space into a walkable art installation.”