Shaun Irons & Lauren Petty
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Shaun Irons and Lauren Petty are Brooklyn based multi-platform artists who make multidisciplinary performances, multimedia installations, documentaries and interactive video scores for live performance.

In 2014, Shaun and Lauren created a multidisciplinary performance called Keep Your Electric Eye On Me, which was commissioned by HERE (NYC) through their Artist Residency Program. Shaun and Lauren previously made the horror, the horror (in collaboration with Brian Rogers and Madeline Best), a large-scale dance for a face, which was seen at Abrons Arts Center and Danspace in 2011.

Recently, they completed Standing By: Gatz Backstage a feature-length documentary portrait of Elevator Repair Service's acclaimed 8-hour theatrical event Gatz. This award-winning film has screened at multiple venues including Anthology Film Archives (NYC), The Segal Film Fetival (NYC), Z Space (San Francisco), REDCAT (Los Angeles) and SESC (São Paolo, Brazil). Since 2012, Shaun and Lauren have also been developing an episodic, self-generating video/sound installation called Atmospheres and Accidental Ghosts which was last seen at the New York Electronic Arts Festival on Governors Island (2015).

Currently, Shaun and Lauren are actively working on a live cine-performance called Why Why Always inspired by Jean-Luc Godard's 1965 film Alphaville. Why Why Always was seen as a workshop at Abrons Arts Center (NYC) in spring 2016 after a five-week residency in the theater, and will premiere as a full-production at Abrons in fall 2017.

Shaun and Lauren's hybrid work has been has been exhibited in diverse locations in New York and internationally including Abrons Arts Center, The New York Electronic Arts Festival, BAM''s Next Wave Festival (in collaboration with Phantom Limb Company), The Brooklyn Museum, The Chocolate Factory, Brooklyn BEAT Festival, Anthology Film Archives, Invisible Dog, CURRENTS New Media Festival (Santa Fe, NM), REDCAT (Los Angeles), Z Space (San Francisco), the Center for Contemporary Art (Santa Fe), Rencontres International (Paris and Berlin), Tokyo Wonder Site (Japan), and the Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes (Havana, Cuba).

They have received numerous awards in support of their work including two NYFA Fellowships, multiple grants from the NEA, NYSCA, Jerome Foundation, Greenwall Foundation, Experimental Television Center, the Asian Cultural Council, the Bel Geddes Design Enhancement Fund and a performance grant from the Mertz Gilmore Foundation. They have been awarded creative residency fellowships from MacDowell, Yaddo, Harvestworks, Lower Manhattan Cultural Council, Brooklyn Arts Exchange, Signal Culture, the Bogliasco Foundation, and the Tokyo Wonder Site. Their video design work has been seen at venues such as St. Ann's Warehouse, The Public Theater, The Kitchen, HERE, PS 122, EMPAC, American Dance Institute, Pompidou Center, Prototype Opera Festival, Holland Dance Festival, The Noorderzon Festival, the Venice Biennale, and the Brooklyn Academy of Music.

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