CREW / Eric Joris

Saturday, January 26, 2013

CREW, a Belgian-based multidisciplinary team of artists and researchers, will present the artistic and research outcome of their three-week EMPAC residency at HeadSwap.

CREW’s performances integrate the latest technology into theatrical events, which create new ways of playing and experiencing the medium. They have personalized immersive environments for the audience—challenging common notions of (tele)presence, spectatorship, and narration.

HeadSwap takes the next step in immersive performance. Participants can navigate and choose their individual point of view within omni-directional footage from Japan and New York City, while “swapping their heads” and simultaneously seeing what another person chooses to see.

Reservations are required and can be made in person at the box office or over the phone at 518.276.3921. Tickets will be available for pick-up starting at 5PM the evening of the performance; they must be claimed by 6:45PM or they will be released.

Ash Bulayev

CREW is a Belgian-based arts collective operating on the border of art and science. Eric Joris, the initiator of the organization, started his career as a comic strip designer and multimedia filmmaker. Electronic and digital media form the basis of a uniquely artistic way of thinking and the engine for aesthetic experiences and reflection. This results in hybrid performances and installations that question and undermine commonly accepted performative parameters.

For more then a decade, Eric Joris and CREW have created performances on the edge of theater, film, and new media. With video goggles and interactive technology, the company explores a unique medium that puts the spectator at the heart of the experience.

Joris’ work always originates with the search for a medium that both dissects and expands our experience. Intensifying the audience’s sense of immersion is the clear line running through his work as a draughtsman, designer, visual artist, and theater director.

CREW has created a unique position for itself in the field of performing and hybrid arts through experimental productions such as Icarus (2001), Philoctetes (2002), Crash (2004-2005), U_Raging Standstill (2006), O_Rex (2007), W (Double U) (2008), EUX (2008), Line-Up (2009), C.A.P.E. (2010-2012), Terra Nova (2011), and NoHorizon (2012).

Studio 1—Goodman
January 26, 2013, 7PM

EMPAC 2012-2013 presentations, residencies, and commissions are made possible by continuous support from the Jaffe Fund for Experimental Media and Performing Arts. Additional project support by 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 and the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation; the New York State Council for the Arts; Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation with support from the National Endowment for the Arts; Arts Council Norway, Fond for Lyd og Bilde, and Fond for Utøvende Kunstner.

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