True Fictions: New Adventures in Folklore
The Light Surgeons
The first public presentation of an EMPAC commission!
Recorded and shot in and around Troy, New York, True Fictions: New Adventures in Folklore is an eye-popping performance of epic proportions with projections on multiple over-sized screens that fuse documentary film making, live and electronic music, animation and motion graphics with innovative digital video performance tools.
Taking American folklore as a departure point, the UK-based Light Surgeons tackle the universal question of how our personal, political, and national myths evolve from subjective stories to widely held truths. The artists guide the audience through this terrain with a live collage of documentary footage, interviews and music recorded in Troy and across the rest of the state of NY- from Troy’s Uncle Sam’s Day Parade to a cramped music studio in Brooklyn to an upstate Native American reservation and more.
This performance is supported by the Jaffe Fund for Experimental Media and Performing Arts.
The Light Surgeons are a collective of multimedia artists founded in 1995 by creative director Chris Allen as an experimental production company which sought to develop new forms of image made outside the established art and design institutions, TLS’ work spans many diverse mediums; print, photography, motion graphics, digital film production, exhibitions, installations and ground breaking live audio visual performances.
Over the last few years TLS have continued to redefine cross media art in a range of different disciplines by AV performances such as Z-Axis, a live AV remix of the cinematic adaptation of Ayn Rand’s classic novel The Fountain Head. This performance has toured to major art institutions such as the Guggenheim Museum and Moderna Museet in Stockholm, after premiering at onedotzero7 in 2003.
They have continued to blur the distinction between art and design with several major exhibitions and gallery collaborations with infamous architect and furniture designer Ron Arad, showing their work in Milan, Barcelona and the Venice bienniale.
Over the past ten years, The Light Surgeons have consistently managed to tread a tight rope between the commercial world and their own artistic work by producing countless productions for events and broadcast; with a diverse range of clients from high street fashion bands to film companies, product designers and architects.