Dartmouth Digital Musics Presents: PRAGMATISTS

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Dartmouth Digital Musics Presents: PRAGMATISTS

PRAGMATISTS by Stanisław Ignacy Witkiewicz a PROTO-VR ADAPTATION by Andrew Maillet and Z. Bzymek feat. LIGHTS & PROJECTIONS by Camilla Tassi Feb. 17 - 9 & 11pm Feb. 18 - 4pm

Sunday, February 18, 2018
Hop Garage, Hopkins Center for the Arts
Intended Audience(s): Public
Categories: Arts, Performances

Pragmatists is an absurdist drama by the Polish playwright and philosopher Stanisław Ignacy Witkiewicz. In an imaginative contemporary adaptation, Andrew Maillet (Digital Musics '19) and filmmaker Zbigniew Bzymek approach the text as performer-technicians using sound and projections as mutual-mutable "costumes" in a proto-VR mixed reality environment, addressing Witkiewicz's theater of pure form towards the baffling dimensions contemporary media space and the ideologies that pervade it. With projection and lighting design by Camilla Tassi (Digital Musics '18).


Andrew Maillet is an artist who works in music composition, sound design, computer programming and performance. As an associate artist with the Wooster Group, he designed systems to streamline video and sound playback for A Pink Chair (In Place of a Fake Antique), and continues to collaborate in developing integrated media and show control systems for theater. He has sound designed productions for the Yale Dramatic Association, and has performed his unique brand of “parlor pop” music at New York venues including the Bitter End, 54 Below, Dixon Place, and JACK Brooklyn. His current solo work uses game-like sonic environments to extend a comparative perspective on media space and the physical limitations of performance. Andrew graduated with a B.A. in Music and Humanities from Yale University and is currently pursuing a Master of Arts in Digital Musics at Dartmouth College. More at http://andrewmaillet.com.


Camilla Tassi is a director, soprano, and designer from Florence, Italy, specializing in performances of early and contemporary music. She has designed projections for concerts and opera with groups including Longy School of Music, Notre Dame, and Apollo's Fire. Her directing work has been through independent projects as well as the Oberlin Arezzo Opera Festival. This summer, she will be pursuing a directing fellowship with the Berlin Opera Academy. As an Italian coach & translator, she has created program translations for Carnegie Hall (L'Arpeggiata) and coached diction for recitals. She holds degrees in Computer Science & Music from the University of Notre Dame and is pursuing a Master's in Digital Musics at Dartmouth College. More at camillatassi.com/.


Zbigniew Bzymek is an artist working in film, experimental theatre, music video and VR/AR. He has been called "a young filmmaker to follow" by Cahiers du Cinéma. As a company member and video designer with the Wooster Group since 2006, he designed the video for the experimental opera La Didone, originated video design elements for Hamlet, Vieux Carré, Town Hall Affair and A Pink Chair (In Place of a Fake Antique) — an homage to Tadeusz Kantor, in which he stands-in for Tadeusz Kantor. He got his start in Europe, working as a video designer with Europe Prize-winning director, Krystian Lupa on seven shows (including Zaratustra at The Athens Festival and The Seagull at The Alexandrinsky). He is a founding member of the VR collective Dream Adoption — Society [http://dreamadoptionsociety.com] with Krzysztof Garbaczewski. Awards and grants include: MAP(with Mallory Catlett), New York Foundation for the Arts (in film), Grand Prix - Poitiers Film Festival, Adam Mickiewicz Institute travel grant, Teddy Award nomination, Fryderyk nomination and prize (lyrics for the album Horses with Brodka). More at http://zbigniewbzymek.com.

For more information, contact:
Andrew Maillet

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