• Live Design Q&A Online
    18/05/15 Blog , News , Updates # , , , ,

    Live Design Q&A Online

    I was recently interviewed by Meghan Perkins of Live Design Magazine about my recent and upcoming work. The interview is now available on their website and is also available in their incredible digital version of the magazine, which you can download free for iPad and Android. I suggest checking it out and coming to the Live Design Master Classes in June, if you’re in the city and looking for inspiration and engaging dialogues about designing performance.

  • Cinema Projects Workshop
    10/05/15 Blog , News , Updates # , , , , , ,

    Cinema Projects Workshop

    40 of my students at The New School collaborated on 5 original narrative short films as part of the MFA Cinema Projects workshop I instruct for the Drama & Media schools. We’re showing the 5 films each night over May 15-17. Stop by and check out the films!

  • Interview with Live Design
    20/04/15 Blog , News # , ,

    Interview with Live Design

    This month’s digital issue of Live Design Magazine features a short Q&A about some of my recent work, design practices and theories. It also includes some great photos of Salome’s Envisage on tour in Switzerland, taken by Matthew Mellinger. Download the free app for iTunes or Android to read the magazine.

  • Post-Production Continues
    20/03/15 Blog , News # , ,

    Post-Production Continues

    Just a quick update – we’re in the process of finishing the color grade and sound mix for Pop Meets the Void. Things are moving along nicely and I’m excited to share the film soon! Above: Jordan Carlos in Pop Meets the Void.

  • 2015 NYMC Projection Classes
    25/02/15 Blog , News # , , , ,

    2015 NYMC Projection Classes

    I will be speaking at the NYMC Lighting & Projection Classes this year, which are taking place June 2-4, 2015. I’m thrilled to be in the company of fellow designers Alan Adelman, Mike Baldassari, Zachary Borovay, John Broderick, Gregory Cohen, Steve Cohen, Abigail Rosen Holmes, Mark Alan “Doctor Mojo” Johnson, Bradley King, Olivia Sebesky, Mark Stanley, Justin Townsend, Joshua White, and Cameron Yeary.

    The Live Design Master Classes have a rich history featuring the industry’s top designers and artisans coming together to share their insights and opinions around the world in a relaxed intimate setting. This year, Live Design has announced a new spin on its Master Classes for June 2015. The newly re-christened New York Master Classes (NYMC) are a natural evolution of the acclaimed Broadway Master Classes training series, and offer a broader scope, opening the curriculum to include speakers from all aspects of lighting/projection and sound, including theatre, concerts, dance, opera, and beyond.

  • A Flurry of Instagrams
    28/01/15 News #

    A Flurry of Instagrams

    The NY Times selected my photograph of the “blizzard-that-never-was” for their Instagram roundup this week. Checkout the full slideshow here.

  • C4 – Tal Yarden Interview
    09/01/15 Blog , News # , , , ,

    C4 – Tal Yarden Interview

    We have a new issue of Chance Magazine shipping next week! I did an interview with Tal Yarden about his body of work of cinema adaptations for the stage with Ivo van Hove for the new issue. There are 250+ amazing pages of theater design and philosophy every theater/artist/designer should checkout. If you helped us start the magazine on Kickstarter a few years back, please stay onboard and help us continue the work. There are a lot of great topics planned for future issues. Thanks for your support of this project! I’m thrilled to be part of it.

  • Innovation Award for Chance
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    Innovation Award for Chance

    Chance Magazine was awarded the Magazine Innovation Center’s Innovation Award for 2014. Selected from a field of over 720 candidates, Chance, and a handful of other new periodicals, received the award in New York on December 5th. Consequently, Chance has been offered national distribution with Barnes and Noble!

    In our current issue C4, I did an interview with Tal Yarden about his body of work of cinema adaptations for the stage with Ivo van Hove for the new issue. There are 250+ amazing pages of theater design and philosophy every theater/artist/designer should checkout. If you helped us start the magazine on Kickstarter a few years back, please stay onboard and help us continue the work by renewing your subscription. There are a lot of great topics planned for future issues.

    CHANCE is devoted to finding and documenting innovative work at every level of theater, from Broadway to Off-Off-Broadway, from regional theater, to international productions and burlesque, with extraordinarily vivid images that can influence, inspire and inform. Thanks for your support of this project! I’m thrilled to be part of it.

  • Pop Meets the Void update
    17/10/14 Updates

    Pop Meets the Void update

    It’s been one year since we funded the film on Kickstarter! Post-production is still moving along as planned, and we’re headed into the final polishing phase. In addition to our 300 backers, we’ve had over 140 artists help us create the film in the past year, which is just incredible to me. The image above is a work-in-progress still from the film… Thanks for checking in, and please follow the film on Facebook and IMDB for more updates.

  • Everyone’s Attention is available
    23/09/14 Blog , Updates #

    Everyone’s Attention is available

    I’ve completed work on a new LP with Jeffrey Doto entitled Everyone’s Attention. We’ve released 3 EPs the past few years under the Boys & Murderers monicker (for the literary fans).

    The album officially releases Sept 23rd. Stream it on Spotify or order it via Amazon and iTunes. If you’re super indie,  stream it on Bandcamp.

    It’s 44 minutes of instrumental, electronic music. The songs were written and recorded in dedication to 8 Kickstarter backers of Pop Meets the Void who pitched in big to help fund the movie.

  • New Monsters / Video Installation
    29/08/14 Blog , News , Updates # ,

    New Monsters / Video Installation

    The video art installation An Instrument for the Measure of Absence, which I conceived and created for Temporary Distortion in 2009 during my artist residency at Harvestworks Digital Media Center, will be visiting Seoul, Korea this fall as part of the continuing tour of Maison Des Arts de Creteil’s New Monsters exhibition. If you happen to be in that part of the world, I strongly urge you to make a stop in at the exhibition, if you haven’t yet see the amazing collection of works. More information on the exhibition website here. Here’s an interview of me in 2009 explaining the complexities of the installation.

  • The Perfect 46 / Johnny Express
    20/06/14 Recommendations

    The Perfect 46 / Johnny Express

    The Lower East Side Film Festival is in its 4th year and continues to grow in immeasurably awesome ways, with an increasingly impressive slate of independent films. The two sci-fi films Johnny Express (animated short) and The Perfect 46 (narrative feature) were an impressive and complimentary pairing of comedy and dystopia. I strongly encourage you to watch Johnny Express on Vimeo.com right now – it won best animated short at the LES Fest, and it’s a Vimeo Staff Pick for more than a few good reasons.

  • The Kidnapping of Michel Houellebecq
    18/04/14 Recommendations #

    The Kidnapping of Michel Houellebecq

    Tribeca Film Festival continues to program the best new International films, this year TFF presents the US Premiere of The Kidnapping of Michel Houellebecq. I’ll add this film to my list of favorites I’ve seen at TFF, including Beyond the Black Rainbow and White White World. If you can make it to TFF this week, I highly recommend checking it out in the theater. The talkback with director Guillaume Nicloux tonight was very interesting and illuminating. Go here for the Tribeca Film Festival page.

  • The Other Place / Hartford
    25/03/14 Updates # ,

    The Other Place / Hartford

    Rob Ruggiero’s production of Sharr White’s The Other Place has moved to TheaterWorks in Hartford, CT. This production employs the original sound design by Fitz Patton, my original video projections and an original scenic design by Luke Hegel-Cantarella to great effect. Read some of the latest glowing reviews of the production and Kate Levy’s brilliant performance at Artes Magazine, Hartford Examiner, and Broadway World. Onstage through April 19.

  • Pop Meets Post-Production
    30/01/14 Blog , News , Updates # , , , ,

    Pop Meets Post-Production

    After 3 months of production, 3 months of pre-production and almost 2 years of writing and development, my current film project Pop Meets the Void enters into post-production with over 30 hours of RAW footage to edit. I’m collaborating with Animator and Visual Effects Artist Jonathan Weiss to bring together elements we shot to create the multiple narratives of PMtV. Follow the film’s progress on Facebook and stay tuned for updates there. Visit the IMDB page and checkout our amazing cast and crew. Thanks for your support!

  • The Other Place / St. Louis
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    The Other Place / St. Louis

    Sharr White’s The Other Place continues to engage audiences across the country, and Rob Ruggiero’s current production at The Repertory Theatre of St. Louis is getting great notices. This production employs the original sound design by Fitz Patton, my original video projections and an original scenic design by Luke Hegel-Cantarella to great effect. Read some of the fantastic reviews of the production and Kate Levy’s commanding performance at St. Louis Today, Alive Magazine, Snoop’s Blog, Belleville News-Democrat, and Ladue News. Runs through February 9.

    Photo by Lanny Nagler.

  • We’re Gonna Die!
    23/12/13 Projects # ,

    We’re Gonna Die!

    Just in time for the holidays, here’s a new music video I directed called “I’m Gonna Die” by Young Jean Lee’s band Future Wife. Shot and edited by Bart Cortright, performed by Michael Demsyn-Hanf, Andrew Hoepfner, Nick Jenkins, Benedict Kupstas, Booker Stardrum, and Young Jean Lee. Video co-produced by TaraFawn Marek, and track produced by Shannon Fields and engineered by D. James Goodwin. Check it out over at Brooklyn Vegan.

  • Suspended Understanding
    04/12/13 Updates

    Suspended Understanding

    I’ve begun work on an original text entitled Suspended Understanding (The Ecstasy of Disorientation). The work is a combination of aphoristic philosophy, short fiction and narrative theory centered around the changing shape of spectatorship and human attention. The project is in development and I’ll be releasing excerpts leading up to the completion of the work soon. Stay tuned for more or email a request to read a draft when it’s finished.

  • Queens Museum of Art / Welcome to Nowhere
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    Queens Museum of Art / Welcome to Nowhere

    After an expansive and successful $70M renovation, the Queens Museum of Art reopens this fall with the Queens International Biennial including a screening series curated by Don Cato and Katha Cato of the Queens World Film Festival. The premiere screening will include Welcome to Nowhere (Bullet Hole Road) on Dec 6, 2013 as part of the “Graphically Speaking” program that includes experimental animation films.

    Read more about the event and press release at Queens On Cue, or visit the Queens Museum of Art website for more details. Hope to see you there.

  • STOP is the idea is the thing
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    STOP is the idea is the thing

    The meta-pop-dance-video collaboration STOP I directed for Susan Marshall & Co. with music by David Lang is featured in The New York Times this week – ahead of the live production of Play/Pause arriving at BAM as part of The Next Wave Festival. Read the article and check out the video if you haven’t seen it yet, and then go to BAM and catch the live show before it’s off to another city.

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