Infinite Jest


Thursday, April 12, 2012

Infinite Jest lives both as an installation and as a live handmade film inspired by the complex and remarkable novel of the same name by the late author David Foster Wallace. The evening begins with the audience experiencing the performance space as an installation composed of a text-based soundtrack and various miniature sets intended for the audience to walk through and examine. The film is then brought to life through the lens of live cameras that follow the manipulation of photographs, drawings, scale models, and various three dimensional objects by visual artist and performer SUE-C, along with the live lush electronic soundtrack and vocals by AGF and narration from Francis Deehan. Set in a slightly futuristic world, the film is an attempt to create and re-create what character James Orin Incandenza, optics expert and filmmaker, considered his life’s major work. After many unseen failures, his “film” Entertainment is eventually released, which proves to be fatally seductive. With this as a jumping off point, long time audiovisual collaborators SUE-C and AGF explore the expression of seduction in sound and image.

April 11 — Reading and Discussion with SUE-C

Join us at 2 PM for coffee, tea, sweets, and a reading of excerpts from the novel, Infinite Jest. Then at 4 PM resident artist SUE-C will discuss her latest work by the same name. FREE.

See the performance for free!

Visit Market Block Books in downtown Troy, buy a copy of Infinite Jest, and get two free tickets to the performance (quantities limited).

Kathleen Forde

SUE-C was born Sue Costabile in 1974 in Long Island, New York. For the past 10 years she has created handmade videos for both the stage and screen as a visual and performing artist based in the San Francisco Bay Area. Her works challenge the norms of photography, video, and technology by blending them all into an organic and improvisational live performance setting. Employing a variety of digital tools to create an experimental animation “instrument,” SUE-C synthesizes cinema from photographs, drawings, watercolors, handmade papers, fabrics, and miniature lighting effects. Dark, moody, textural, and physical, her live films draw equally from the kinetic languages of Stan Brakhage’s abstract cinema and Nicolas Schöffer’s lumodynamic sculptures. She employs the same techniques in her recorded work to emphasize the beauty of the banal street corner, public parking lot, forgotten winter beach, torn remnant of a found photograph, cast away Super 8 vacation footage, and other half forgotten, often unnoticed, in-between spaces in her surroundings.

AGF, aka Antye Greie, born and raised in East Germany, is a singer and digital songwriter, producer, performer, e-poet, calligrapher, and digital media artist known for her artistic exploration of digital technology through the deconstruction of language and communication. Her poetry, which she converts into electronic music, calligraphy, and digital media, has been presented on records, live performances, and sound installations in museums, auditoria, theaters, concert halls, and clubs in Europe, America, and Asia.

Some of her projects include the German electronic duo Laub, the Lappetites, AGF/ Delay (with Vladislav Delay), The Dolls (Vladislav Delay and Craig Armstrong), and Zavoloka/AGF, and collaborations with Craig Armstrong, Ellen Allien, Gudrun Gut, Eliane Radigue, and Kaffe Matthews. In 2004, she received an Award of Distinction at the ARS Electronica festival, and in 2006 she appeared on the cover of the UK’s Wire magazine. AGF runs her own production company, AGF Producktion. She lives and works in Hailuoto, Finland.

Infinite Jest
Studio 1—Goodman
April 12, 2012, 7:30PM
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EMPAC 2011-2012 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