THERE IS STILL TIME..BROTHER
THERE IS STILL TIME..BROTHER is The Wooster Group’s first interactive 360-degree war film. Standing inside a 360-degree projection screen, the audience is surrounded by the film’s bewildering narrative space, where the action can only be seen and heard clearly through a virtual peephole that scans the circle, controlled by a member of the audience. The film’s host attempts to articulate the aesthetic implications of this shrunken-panoramic cinema space while massively outnumbered British troops battle the French for control of Fort Calypso. Grotesquely enlarged children’s toys vie for attention with politically-minded bloggers and unsavory YouTube videos. Each time the piece is viewed, a new narrative experience is spun out, threading together a unique sequence of revelations. The audience becomes immersed in a process of discovery whereby the very choice to look or turn away actually creates the story.
THE WOOSTER GROUP is a collective of artists who make new work for the Theater. Under the direction of Elizabeth LeCompte and with its associates and staff, the Group has created over 40 works for Theater, dance and media. For more than thirty years, The Wooster Group has cultivated new forms and techniques of theatrical expression reflective of and responsive to our evolving culture, while sustaining a consistent ensemble and maintaining a flexible repertory.
Elizabeth LeCompte has directed all of The Wooster Group’s productions since the founding of the company in 1976.
Jeffrey Shaw has been a leading figure in new media art since its emergence from the performance, expanded cinema and installation paradigms of the 1960s to its present day technology-informed and virtualized forms.
Dates + Tickets
October 4, 2008, 3PM
October 5, 2008, 9AM
October 5, 2008, 12:30PM
October 6, 2008, 10AM
October 7, 2008, 3PM
October 8, 2008, 10AM
October 9, 2008, 3PM
October 11, 2008, 10AM
October 12, 2008, 8PM
October 13, 2008, 10AM
October 14, 2008, 3PM
October 15, 2008, 10AM
October 16, 2008, 3PM
October 17, 2008, 10AM
October 18, 2008, 8PM
October 19, 2008, 10AM
Directed by Elizabeth LeCompte Developed with Jeffrey Shaw for his interactive panoramic cinema
Commissioned by EMPAC, the Experimental Media and Performing Arts Center at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (USA)
Produced by EMPAC in collaboration with iCinema Centre for Interactive Cinema Research (AUS) and ZKM | Institute for Visual Media (D) and in collaboration with The Wooster Group.
Producers: Johannes Goebel and Kathleen Forde [EMPAC]
The Interactive Panoramic Cinema has been conceived of and designed by Jeffrey Shaw. This includes the 360 degree interactive projection method whereby the user can shift the position of a viewing window [EVE/PLACE], iCinema’s 360 degree digital video camera [SPHERECAM] and the PanoramaScreen co-developed by ZKM.
Production design, art direction, script and performance by The Wooster Group: Geoff Abbas, Aron Deyo, Joby Emmons, Ari Fliakos, Teresa Hartmann, Bozkurt Karasu, Ken Kobland, Elizabeth LeCompte , Gabe Maxson, Edward McKeaney, Jamie Poskin, Matt Schloss, Scott Shepherd, Kate Valk, Judson Williams. Producers: Cynthia Hedstrom, Joel Bassin.
EMPAC Production Team: Jonas Braasch, Kathleen Forde, Kimberly Gardner, Johannes Goebel, Shannon Johnson, CathyJo Kile, Jason Steven Murphy, Todd Vos
iCinema Production Team: Jarred Berghold, Volker Kuchelmeister, Damian Leonard, Sue Midgley, Jeffrey Shaw
The Wooster Group Administrative Team: Joel Bassin, Yvan Greenberg, Clay Hapaz, Cynthia Hedstrom, Kaneza Schaal
ZKM Production Team: Jan Gerigk, Arne Graesser, Manfred Hauffen, Petra Kaiser, Bernd Lintermann, Silke Sutter
SPHERECAM cinematography, production pre-view system and post production: Volker Kuchelmeister [iCinema]
Real-time Image Processing and Projection System for Complex Surfaces: Bernd Lintermann [ZKM]
Panoramic projection screen engineering: Huib Nelissen Decor en Constructiewerken, Haarlem, [NL]
Sound recording, editing and post-production: Todd Vos [EMPAC], Geoff Abbas, Matt Tierney [The Wooster Group], Dan Valente
Localization Capturing System for Moving Sound Sources and Virtual Microphone Control for Sound Projection Systems: Jonas Braasch, Communication Acoustics Research Lab, Rensselaer.
Excerpts from the following materials are included in the text: Transcripts from discussions among Jeffrey Shaw, Johannes Goebel and The Wooster Group; »Pioneer Dogs«, a film script by Adam Edwards; »On the Beach« , a film by Stanley Kramer; Rosie O’Donnell’s online blog [www.rosie.com].
The Wooster Group wishes to thank Kell Condon, Chris Loar, Reid Farrington, Zach Stinnett and Haowen Wang.
With support from the Jaffe Fund for Experimental Media and Performing Arts at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.