Saturday
Dec302017

Projects 2017 - 2018

 SCHOLARS ON A PICNIC, A GENERATIVE BALLET IN THREE ACTS - XX GENERATIVE ART CONFERENCE IN RAVENNA ITALY.

 

Scholars, is a live performance that incorporates chance, algorithms and game play to determine its parameter and draws from a rich history of generative arts performance, such as Fluxus, Happenings and improvised music. Post WWII, two very different games were developed that demonstrated the precarious position we find ourselves in at the start of the 21st Century, stuck between possible world destruction (military, climate) and the potential peace (universal income, racial, religious and gender equality). We take as our starting point, the game La Conquête du Monde (The Conquest of the World) or as it was later called, Risk, the Game of Global Domination, which was developed in the late 1950s by writer/filmmaker Albert Lamorisse. Additional influences influences include the World Game or World Peace Game, an educational game and curriculum developed by Buckminster Fuller in 1961 to challenge the notion of dominant nation states and to create solutions to problems like over population, world hunger, and now climate change. The ballet is situated within the struggle between these two opposing possibilities, between brute force of capital/power and the peaceful sharing of resources and education, that are played out as both individual dilemmas and a societal call to arms.