The Nerve Tank at Surreal Estate; buzz buzz

Heads-up! It sounds like the Nerve Tank‘s (collaborative theater for the new century) masterminds, Melanie Armer and Chance Muehleck will be curating a Saturday-in-May event addressing the deck of questions in and related to my recent blog post about theater and performance art, discipline, the need or perceived need for a “new form,” etc, and the debate surrounding this question, its implications for artists working across the board in performance, and whatever else the participating artists find personally stimulating about anything in this swarm of questions.

The Nerve Tank's 'LIVE/FEED'

Dramaturgically, after speaking with Melanie and Chance yesterday, I have ultimate faith in their ability to nudge and choreograph said swarm into a honey-producing project and am terribly curious about what will come out of this buzzing. In this analogy, I suppose “honey” is dialetic, or concrete nourishment for and by the artists and audiences and we are all bees. Ok.

The Nerve Tank's 'The Attendants' (2007) is an interactive performance installation. The dominant set piece is a transparent plexiglass cube. People communicate with the performers by texting to them with their cell phones; the messages appear on screens that surround the cube.

This event, at Surreal Estate in May 2011, will address these questions through form and content of work by “theater” and “performance” artists whose work draws on multiple performance disciplines. (One hopes in search of  sustainable intellectual, aesthetic, and effectual inquiry. )

In the meantime, if you are not already familiar with the Nerve Tank’s work, please visit their website and watch some of these videos.

Hopefully, if you have not been fortunate to see their work live (say you just moved to the city, or don’t go to the theater), these videos and descriptions, etc will give you some idea of how work can seek to be dramaturgically, conceptually, and aesthetically unified and interesting while remaining nebulous in terms of its medium. Semantically, I guess it’s about medium vs. discipline? Well, hopefully you (reader) will join the discussion!


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