Early Morning Opera: ABACUS

Friday, October 1, 2010
October 1–2, 2010

ABACUS, a large-scale multimedia presentation by Early Morning Opera under the direction of Lars Jan, features Paul Abacus and his re-imagining of Buckminster Fuller's Geoscope as a data cathedral for the masses. This Geoscope expands on Fuller's dream of a data visualization device that would comprehensively model the Earth's 'vital statistics,' historic patterns, and future projections. Aided by this device and a chorus of Steadicam operators, ABACUS argues the obsolescence of national borders and proposes their dissolution while simultaneously acting as a study in two dominant forms of persuasive discourse today: the TED-style (slide-based) presentation and megachurch media design.

ABACUS serves as an interrogation of the art of persuasion as a catalyst for cultural evolution, examining the moment that data — distilled, visualized, spun — yields a visceral, rather than merely conceptual, impact. Fueled by our content-saturated, data-driven, personality-obsessed moment, ABACUS explores the fundamental intention of 'beautiful evidence' and the reliability of the presentation format that drives our culture.

A talk with the artists will follow Friday’s performance

Kathleen Forde

Lars Jan is a director, designer, writer, and media artist. He is the artistic director of Early Morning Opera, a multi-disciplinary art lab based in LA that specializes in live performance.

His original performance and installation works have been seen at The Whitney Museum of American Art (NYC) and REDCAT (LA), among others. He has developed new work at Princeton University’s Atelier Program and The MacDowell Colony, as well as in Japan, Afghanistan, and Ukraine. Lars completed his MFA in Directing and Integrated Media at the California Institute of the Arts. He is the recipient of the 2008 Sherwood Award, granted by Center Theater Group to an innovative Theater artist in Los Angeles.

Early Morning Opera: ABACUS
Concert Hall
October 1, 2010, 7PM
October 2, 2010, 9PM
Return to Filament

EMPAC 2010-2011 presentations, residencies, and commissions are supported by grants from the National Endowment for the Arts, the National Dance Project of the New England Foundation for the Arts (with lead funding from the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation; additional funding from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, the Community Connections Fund of the MetLife Foundation, and the Boeing Company Charitable Trust), and the New York State Council for the Arts. Special thanks to the Jaffe Fund for Experimental Media and Performing Arts for support of artist commissions.

Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation
National Endowment for the Arts
NEFA - New England Foundation for the Arts
State of the Arts - NYSCA