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Experimental Devices for Performance

Location: Imperial Ballroom Level: Novice
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Andrew Schneider’s multidisciplinary work attempts to critically investigate human and technological interdependence. Schneider sees this interdependence as both emotional and physical. We are all infinitely removed from everything, everyone, and more so, from ourselves. Our inners do not connect to our outers with any sort of transparency. Language separates us from the experience of the real. All of us is filtered.

We are performing rather than living our lives everyday. We as humans seem to have countered this predicament with technology. Schneider is interested in highlighting this concept through the magnification and extension of the themes of inability and dependence.

Experimental Devices for Performance reifies this notion by placing technological media over the body, masking the layer that masks the layer that interprets our corporeal devices of communication (our senses). EDP is a suite of wearable devices examining our state of communication. Small screens cover and confuse the “truths” of the mouth and the eyes. Sensor-embedded shoes map footfalls to soundtracks. Our stroll becomes our montage. A camera-coated hat only displays its cameras’ signals when the wearer’s head comes in contact with a television. A Polaroid picture is taken every time someone blinks. In order to control the media, a performer must also control his/her body in artificial ways. The performer controls the media controls the performer.

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Andrew Schneider

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Andrew Schneider is a multimedia designer and performer living in Brooklyn. He is the co-founder and Associate Artistic Director of the Chicago-based theatre company, bigpicturegroup. His performance work has been seen at P.S. 122, The Prelude Festival, The Conflux Festival, and The Tank. His multimedia devices have been featured in Art Review, The Wall Street Journal, Wired, TimeOut NY, Make, SIGGRAPH, DorkbotNYC, Sony Tech Wonder Labs, the Telfair Art Museum, and at the Center Pompidou in Paris. His Solar Bikini has been featured in galleries internationally. His latest projects include Experimental Devices for Performance and Acting Stranger. Andrew Holds a Masters Degree in Interactive Telecommunications from NYU. He is currently working with The Wooster Group and Fischerspooner. More at

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Mark J. Levitt
03/15/2009 2:30am PDT

@Chris, I think it’s safe to say there were some difficulties around the opening. Other than that, I’m not sure. Those who’ve seen Andrew at Ignite could probably elaborate.

It was a bizarrely intriguing, scary at times, nonlinear form of storytelling/performance art. Safe to say I’ve never seen anything like it.

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Chris Dunphy
03/14/2009 5:58pm PDT

I kept getting the impression that his tech wasn’t working right. Was he suffering from technical difficulties?

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Stephen Howard
03/12/2009 1:11pm PDT

I’ll admit I struggle with art pieces such as this; it’s hard to digest the work as a whole, and I tend to like a greater sense of continuity. That said, it did have great moments of humor, and the twist ending was good too.

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