An experimental performance written, directed, and designed by Isla Hansen, Tucker Marder, and Christian Scheider, commissioned by the Guild Hall Center for the Visual and Performing Arts.
As the global elite prepare to abandon their bodies and upload themselves into the virtual beyond, a malfunctioning Empathy A.I. is mistakenly assigned to assist with the procedure, but instead unwittingly inspires a bodily-bacchanal for the ages.
Count down to your imminent immortality and prepare to abandon your body, uploading your consciousness into the virtual beyond. Your final night of bodily delights? It's an extravagant gathering of the future global elite; technologists, trans-genetic hybrids, cyborgs and a menagerie of autonomous networked pets and appliances. The safeguard to your eternal future? An awkward, malfunctioning A.I. named Eenn, whose attempts to navigate the social mores of our last night on earth inadvertently trigger a bodily bacchanal unlike anything you have ever seen. Party goers’ antics and anecdotes spin into nostalgic vignettes of embodied times, rendered surreal in dance, music, puppetry, lavish costumes and visual phenomena. Meanwhile, however, Eenn has stumbled upon a vulnerability in the upload process, revealing the brutal lie in the grand promise of technological transcendence.
Location: Guild Hall, East Hampton, NY
First Performance: August 31, 2018
Additional evenings: September 1-2; September 4-8
Closing afternoon performance: September 9
Lydia Franco Hodges
Mary Glen Fredrick
Mary Francina Golden
Matthew Van Gessel
Isla Hansen is an artist working to reinterpret and complicate the relationship between the
human body and technological progress. She is an Assistant Professor at UCLA Design Media Arts.
Her solo and collaborative installations, systems, and performances have
been exhibited at the Columbus Museum of Art, MOCA Cleveland, the Hammer Museum,
Miller Gallery, and the Children’s Museum of Pittsburgh. Isla received her BA from Columbia
University and her MFA from Carnegie Mellon University.
Tucker Marder is an artist and filmmaker currently living in Los Angeles. Working in a wide
range of mediums including puppetry, documentary and landscape design, Tucker’s work
uses humor and absurdity to promote an exuberant environmental ethic. He has exhibited at
the National Aviary, Phipps Botanical Garden, the Museum for Insects and the San Fransisco
Independent Film Festival. Tucker’s performance “STAMPEDE!”, comprised of over 200 live
Crested Runner Ducks and large motorized abstract puppets premiered as part of the 2015
Parrish Road Show. Tucker is a recipient of the Frank Ratchye Grant for Art at the Frontier
and in 2016 was named a Redford Center Grant Honoree. He received his MFA from
Carnegie Mellon University in 2016 and has been an artist in residence at Robert Wilson’s
Watermill Center and SymbioticA at the university of Western Australia. Tucker is the founder
of the Folly Tree Arboretum, a collection of rare and unusual trees intent on showcasing
nature’s sense of humor.
Christian Scheider is an independent filmmaker, theatermaker and actor living between Los Angeles and the east end of Long Island. As a theatermaker, Scheider co-adapted, produced and directed Ray Bradbury’s short story The Murderer and Kurt Vonnegut’s novel Galápagos into fully staged productions. For film, Scheider co-directed the documentary The Tree Prophet about self-identified climate prophet David Milarch which is currently premiering at the San Fransisco Independent Film Festival. Acting in film, Scheider co-starred with Clive Owen and Juliette Binoche in the feature film Words And Pictures directed by Fred Schepisi. On television, Scheider guest starred on ABC’s Forever starring Ioan Gruffudd. When last at Guild Hall, Scheider appeared with Victor Slezak in Steve Hamilton’s production of RED about the painter Mark Rothko. Currently, Scheider is co-writing, directing and producing with frequent collaborator Tucker Marder the feature comedy film Animal Party about humananimal rituals all over the world. Recently, Animal Party was selected by the Redford Center as part of their 2016 grants development program.