[Feb 28] ZOOM IN: OLAP #4 With guest Kat Mustatea

Our collaboration with Experimental Intermedia continues with our forth ZOOM IN: OLAP (Online Live Art Performance) community discussion forum. For this event we have invited artist Kat Mustatea to talk about EdgeCut , a monthly performance series curated by her and  Heidi Boisvert that explores our complex relationship to the digital and, since COVID, to the virtual.

Date: February 28, 2021

Time: 3 pm – 5 pm New York Time (EST)

Location: online on Zoom. Free. Check back for more information or click here to RSVP.

(p.s. the link is there when you click RSVP :)

Following a presentation by Kat Mustatea and a Q & A, the forum will be open to anyone attending wanting to discuss any online live art performance ideas or projects as well as any technical or conceptual concerns.

The discussion forum will be led by media artist and curator  Katherine Liberovskaya of Experimental Intermedia and Harvestworks Director Carol Parkinson.

About the Artist

Kat Mustatea is an artist whose experiments with language and live arts stretch theater into the digital age. A playwright and technologist, she uses metaphors of hybridity and transformation to craft live performances that investigate absurdity, misunderstanding, and what it means to be American. Her TED talk, about algorithms and puppetry, originates a new thesis about the meaning of machines making art. She is a co-curator of EdgeCut, a live performance series that explores our complex relationship to the digital, and a member of NEW INC, the art and tech incubator at The New Museum of Art in New York City. She speaks frequently about the cutting edge of art and technology (recently: SXSW, The Pompidou Center, Ars Electronica, etc.). 

Kat Mustatea Instagram

Kat Mustatea Twitter

EdgeCut is a monthly performance series curated by Heidi Boisvert and Kat Mustatea. It initially convened  at NEW INC, the art, tech and design incubator at The New Museum of Contemporary Art in New York, and is currently partnered with New York Live Arts. We present short works of live performance that explore our complex relationship to the digital—looking at the many ways interactivity, games, robotics, wearables, AI and other digital technologies inform new practices in live performance. 

EdgeCut Instagram

EdgeCut Twitter

Press and Links

Dance Enthusiast: Review of EdgeCut’s CAPTIVITY, October 2020

Link to EdgeCut: ABSURDITY trailer – the very first EdgeCut event January 2020 in person

Link to livestream of EdgeCut: SANITY from December 2020

About ZOOM IN: OLAP

A collaborative initiative by Harvestworks and Experimental Intermedia ZOOM IN: OLAP is an online community forum conceived by Katherine Liberovskaya and Carol Parkinson to reflect on the aesthetic and technical dimensions of live streaming and to share knowledge among the participants. The meetings feature guest practitioners from different artistic fields (music, live visuals, performance, dance, theater) who speak about their approaches and experiments with online performance (sound, video, conferencing, streaming software, aesthetic and organizational approaches), followed by Q&A. The forum is also open to hearing about new ideas and projects that are in development as well as technical and/or conceptual concerns from the participants. 

This initiative is a response to the unexpected arrival of the Covid pandemic that forced many live performance artists into live streaming as a make-shift temporary presentation alternative. Figuring it out on the fly, they were able to continue to produce some form of creative activity on the new platform… While this was so exciting, even keeping us sane in the early days of the coronavirus, the ever-increasing online live streaming events are starting to seem more and more all the same and are holding our attention less and less. We quickly found out that commercial web conferencing software was not designed for artistic performance. Worldwide, the virus seems here to stay, and the reality of in-person audiences being able to convene safely is moving further and further into the future. It is time to re-think the online presentation of live art practices and to imagine new approaches that are far better suited for the new performance stage.  

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