You Are Dead. You Are Here. is an interactive-media theatre work inspired by the convergence of video-game environments, virtual technologies and military research. It incorporates animated landscapes projected from “Virtual Iraq”, a virtual-reality program used in veterans’ P.T.S.D. therapy. You Are Dead. You Are Here. tells the charged story of a collision between an American soldier and an Iraqi girl blogger, through the lens of the technologies that aid and connect them.
The multimedia piece "You Are Dead. You Are Here." will be performed at HERE theater Tues., Jan. 24 and Weds., Jan. 25 at 8:30 p.m. The show uses virtual reality images of Iraq used in therapy for returning soldiers and tells the story of an American soldier and a female Iraqi blogger. Tickets cost $15 each and will be available at the door.
|YOU ARE DEAD. YOU ARE HERE. opens Culturemart 2012 |
with an intimate look at the Iraq war (photo © Jared Mezzocchi)
أنت ميت. أنت هنا. هي وسائل الإعلام التفاعلية للعمل المسرحي مستوحاة من التقارب بين بيئات ألعاب الفيديو، والتقنيات الافتراضية والبحوث العسكرية. أنه يشتمل على المناظر الطبيعية المتوقعة من الرسوم المتحركة "العراق الظاهري"، وهو برنامج للحقيقة الافتراضية المستخدمة في علاج اضطرابات ما بعد الصدمة لقدامى المحاربين. "أنت ميت. أنت هنا." يحكي قصة صدام بين جندي أمريكي ومدونة عراقية، من خلال عدسة التقنيات المساعدة وتوصيلها.
CULTUREMART 2012 SCHEDULE:
Tuesday, January 24 & Wednesday, January 25 @ 8:30 PM
YOU ARE DEAD. YOU ARE HERE. / Christine Evans, Joseph Megel, Jared Mezzocchi
In You Are Dead. You Are Here., the charged encounter between an American soldier and female Iraqi blogger plays out through the lens of the technologies that aid and connect them. Inspired by the convergence of video-game environments, virtual technologies and military research, the show melds live action with animated landscapes from “Virtual Iraq,” a virtual-reality program used in veterans’ P.T.S.D. therapy. Written by Christine Evans. Directed by Joseph Megel. Media design by Jared Mezzocchi.
With additional support from The Ensemble Studio Theatre/Alfred P. Sloan Foundation Science & Technology Project. This project has been assisted by the Australian Government through the Australia Council for the Arts, its arts funding and advisory body.
The January parade of experimental theater festivals, which has already included Coil, Under the Radar, American Realness, and the Times Square International Theater Festival, continues with HERE’s annual Culturemart. Referring to itself as a “vital testing ground,” Culturemart will present a dozen works in progress from January 24 through February 11 in a variety of disciplines, beginning with Christine Evans, Joseph Megel, and Jared Mezzochi’s You Are Dead. You Are Here., an interactive multimedia examination of the relationship between an American soldier and an Iraqi blogger during the Iraq war. Among the other productions are Aaron Landsman’s participatory City Council Meeting, Jake Margolin and Nick Vaughan’s A Marriage: 1, involving a couple who watches Fox News in a motel room for twenty-four consecutive hours (and is supplemented by an exhibition at HERE), Bora Yoon’s audiovisual one-woman show Weights and Balances, Betty Shamieh’s The Strangest, which imagines the story of the Arab killed in Albert Camus’s The Stranger, and Alexandra Beller/Dances’ other stories, which delves into narrative itself. Tickets to all events are only fifteen bucks, so it’s always worth checking out something different and unusual at one of the city’s best spots to see cutting-edge productions.