The Living Newspaper: On Location
Liz Magic Laser
"Framed by these historical and political referents, [The Living Newspaper] proposes a discussion around how public empathy is cultivated in the oversaturated program of contemporary news media."
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Actors: Audrey Crabtree, Annie Fox, and Michael Wiener
Assistant Director: Jamie Sneider
Audiovisual Manager: Irwin Seow
In a video project commissioned by CNN, Push Poll, in the advance of the 2012 presidential election, New York artist Liz Magic Laser investigated the power of polls to influence public opinion and the persuasive effects of "man on the street" news segments. Laser now extends her ongoing project, The Living Newspaper, by turning the theater audience into a live focus group that will reflect on the public reception of news media.
Laser will recruit members of the audience to participate in interviews and tableaux vivants in a television news studio on stage. The proceedings will be filmed, altered with live green screen effects and simultaneously projected in real time. Culling from a long list of therapeutic, market research, and agitprop theater techniques, Laser produces an environment in which audience members become participants in an ongoing study that interprets current events.
About the artist
Liz Magic Laser lives and works in Brooklyn, New York. Her performances and videos intervene in semi-public spaces such as bank vestibules, movie theaters and newsrooms, and have involved collaborations with actors, dancers, surgeons, and motorcycle gang members. Her recent work appropriates the dominant performance techniques and psychological strategies used by the media and politicians to sway public opinion. In 2013 Laser had solo exhibitions at DiverseWorks in Houston, Texas, and at the Westfälischer Kunstverein, Münster, Germany, for which she received the Alfried Krupp von Bohlen and Halbach Foundation Grant; and she was the Armory Show 2013 Commissioned Artist. Her work has been exhibited internationally at venues including Lisson Gallery, London (2013); Mälmo Konsthall, Mälmo, Sweden (2012); the Moscow Museum of Modern Art (2012); Various Small Fires, Los Angeles (2012); The Studio Museum in Harlem, New York (2012); the Performa 11 Biennial, New York (2011); The Pace Gallery, New York (2011); and MoMA PS 1, New York (2010). Laser is the recipient of grants from the Southern Exposure Off-Site Graue Award (2013), New York Foundation for the Arts Fellowship (2012) and the Franklin Furnace Fund for Performance Art (2010). Liz Magic Laser is her real name from birth.
About the assistant director
Jamie Sneider earned her MFA in Fine Arts at the School of Visual Arts, and a BFA from NYU's Tisch School of Arts at the Experimental Theater Wing. Sneider has performed solo shows at Performance Space 122, Dixon Place, The Kitchen and at the Copenhagen Theater Festival. She is the recipient of the Jerome Foundation grant for performance. Her recent exhibitions include a solo show at Real Art Ways, and group shows at Zach Feuer Gallery, Strange Loop Gallery, Jim Kempner Gallery, Invisible Dog Art Center, VIP MFA Art Fair and the Visual Arts Gallery.
About the costume designer
Slow and Steady Wins the Race is a fashion and accessory line providing a reinterpretation of the everyday wardrobe by distilling fashion to its most indisposable and empirical elements. Trademark touches include clever construction with a humorous, quirky, and cerebral yet casual aesthetic. It is a thesaurus of clothing, accessories and other objects built on fundamentals within the fashion vocabulary, both commenting on and transcending the temporal nature of modern fashion. With an eye towards creating signature pieces, the oeuvre serves as a living archive. Each piece, from the earliest to the most current, is still available today as a testament that good design is most always relevant. It is a creative, conceptual endeavor that coexists as a commercial enterprise proving that consumerism can be anti-trend. Timeless and timely, unique and universal, democratic and cross-cultural, Slow and Steady Wins the Race seeks to elevate the classics to the iconic.
About the performers
Audrey Crabtree is an award-winning collaborative artist. Devising performance as an actor, director, writer, clown and bouffon, she creates for theater, festivals, galleries and found spaces. Her work in the theater has garnered a Drama Desk Award and a NY Innovative Theatre Award. She has worked on previous iterations of The Living Newspaper, and collaborated with Liz Magic Laser in her performance I Feel Your Pain in 2010. Crabtree is a co-founder of the company Ten Directions, the International NY Clown Theatre Festival, and NY Physical Comedy Lab, and has taught devising and performance in UK, India, Mexico and in universities across the United States.
Michael Wiener is a NYC based film and theater actor, performer and writer. Films have won awards and press acclaim at Sundance, Tribeca, Comic Con and internationally. Commercials include a drug awareness campaign directed by Darren Aronofsky. Recent television: Onion News Channel and IFC. Michael is a frequent collaborator of Liz Magic Laser's as well as a vocalist/lyricist for The Children, a band that features current and founding members of Cop Shoot Cop and Swans. He recently published an autobiographical essay in Clayton Patterson's anthology Jews, A Peoples' History of New York. He has been curating a performing arts series for more than a decade at the Gershwiun Hotel and now also at Dixon Place.
Annie Fox is an actress and dancer from California, and studies at Barnard College in New York City. She has worked with such directors as Sonia Oleniak (Explosion of a Memory) and Roxie Perkins (Cowboy Mouth, We Are Someone). She has performed at the Getty Villa and The Attic in Los Angeles. She has worked with Laser on previous performance and video projects including I Feel Your Pain in 2011 and Push Poll in 2012.
Special thanks to: Mary Ping, Curie Choi and Gur Rashal.