Keep Your Electric Eye On Me, 2014-15
multimedia live performance
Excerpts – full performance 70 minutes
Part live performance, video installation, and interactive media lab, Keep Your Electric Eye On Me is an interwoven exploration of transformation, dual realities, hysteria, and the desire for the unattainable. Throughout this disturbing and atmospheric work, a multifaceted narrative reverberates through choreographed movement, spoken text, multi-screen projections, sensors and live-feed cameras. In this high-tech/lo-tech world, complex sonic vistas and spectral mirages meld, collide and shimmer.
The work sample includes excerpts from a performance of the work at HERE, NYC in May 2014. The selections highlight the intimate correlation between live performance and live processed media.The sample contains performance documentation mixed with footage recorded from on-stage, live feed cameras, offering cinematic details, which are viewable to the audience on various projection screens throughout the set.
Concept, Direction, Media, live mixing, set elements: Shaun Irons and Lauren Petty
Performers: Madeline Best and Carlton Ward
Original Music: Brian Rogers
Choreography consultant: Tara O’Con
Table-top installation, costumes, props & candies: Amy Mascena
Lighting: Jon Harper
Set Design: Brad Kisicki
Stage Manager: Randi Rivera and Meredith Belis
Assistant Stage Manager: Sylvana Ottavianelli
Production Assistant: Lena Vassilou
Program from HERE performance – KYEEOM_program
Keep Your Electric Eye On Me was commissioned, developed and produced through the HERE Artist Residency Program (HARP). The piece was made possible with funds from The New York State Council on the Arts, Bel Geddes Design EnhancementFund, and MERTZ Gilmore Foundation. The work also received support from Abrons Arts Center, BAX/Brooklyn Arts Exchange, a Bogliasco Foundation residency, and an LMCC Swing Space Residency.
Photo by: Paula Court
“The sonic values and video images establish themselves for quite a long time. Shaun Irons and Lauren Petty have done a brilliant job here. It reminds me of art installations I have seen in LA at the Getty.”
– Cheryl King, NY Theater Now
“This performance will continue to haunt and intrigue me for quite some time.”
– Dillon Slagle, Theater is Easy
“Kudos to the artistic team for the bravery to approach the unattainable in reality, and for the marvelous artistic and technical talent creating images and manipulating media.”
– Mary Seidman, Eye on the Arts, NY
Featured Interview in Culturebot by Andy Horowitz.
Photos © Paula Court