(death is a knot undone)
Directed by Janie Geiser
Written by Erik Ehn
Music Composed by Valerie Opielski
Clouded Sulphur (death is a knot undone) is a multidisciplinary performance work that merges puppetry, projection, text, and music to explore the emotional landscape of inexplicable loss. Developed in collaboration by Director/Designer/Filmmaker Janie Geiser, Playwright Erik Ehn, and Composer Valerie Opielski, Clouded Sulphur's elliptical narrative imagines the emotional space around absence. Created in response to the tragic, unsolved murder of a 15 year old Los Angeles girl, Clouded Sulphur navigates a complex terrain of family, loss, revenge, and unexpected hope.
Cast: Baxley Andresen, Catherine Adell, Park Cofield, Cindy Derby, Tane Kawasaki, Jesse Kingsley, Moira MacDonald, Gina Napolitan, Erin O'Donnell, Whitney Rodriguez, and Hilario Saavedra.
Designers: Set Design: Sarah Krainin
Video Design: Carole Kim
Sound Design: Colbert Davis
Lighting Design: Jeff Teeter
Costume Design: Catherine Adell
Technical Design/Direction: Sarah Sowell
Dramaturg: Emily Mendelsohn
Produced by Miranda Wright
Seasons Greetings: A Disaster in Four Acts
SparkleBlob brings puppet musical joy each December to the people of Los Angeles! Artistic Director Julianna (J.P.) Parr is the master puppeteer, chief scriptwriter and show director.
The December 2012 SparkleBlob cast included performers Shannon Dedman, Kate Gilbert, Rosalind Helfand, Monica Howe, Alex Kenefick, Julianna Parr, and Linda Santiman. A live band, The Dinglebell Hollies (Arlen Jones, Coral Lobera, and Eric Potter), under the musical direction of composer Joshua Fielstra.
Co-Hosted and Curated by Moira MacDonald and Christian Cummings
Music by Kevin Taylor with Linda Rife
Marsian DeLellis, Matthew Fielder, Gina Napolitan,Liz Toonkel, Megan Rippey, Eli Presser & Jesse Kingsley, Lee Lynch, and STREET BUDDY (Joel Kayack & Matt Johnson)
Carole Kim's residency at Automata culminated in a two-floor
multimedia installation-performance entitled FURNACE. This work, inspired by the book There But For The by Ali Smith is a continuation of Carole Kim's ongoing experimentation in immersive projection environments.
In lieu of heat, Furnace creates a
radiant soundscape that permeates from the basement to the ground floor.
See video of the performance HERE
Dance by Oguri, Roxanne Steinberg, Morleigh Steinberg
Sound by Scott Cazan, Phil Curtis, Odeya Nini Video/Audio-Visualization: Jesse Gilbert, Moses Hacmon
See video of the performance HERE
Featuring slide shows by
Los Angeles luminaries including:
Ursula Brookbank, Moira MacDonald,
Doug Harvey+Christian Cummings,
Julianna (JP) Parr,
Sara Velas and Paul Zaloom
Don Suggs' Picture Machine on view in Automata's Window.
Guest Host: Don Wildman
A Conversation with Margaret Wertheim and Lizzie Wade about Physics on the Fringe
In this conversation Margaret Wertheim, author of the new book "Physics on the Fringe: Smoke Rings, Circlons and Alternative Theories of Everything" discussed the subject of outsider science and its relationship to both mainstream science and art with WIRED writer Lizzie Wade. The discussion was followed by a reception and visit to the Institute For Figuring to view the exhibition Physics on the Fringe.
About Margaret Wertheim: Wertheim is the author of Pythagoras’ Trousers, a history of the relationship between physics and religion; The Pearly Gates of Cyberspace: A History of Space from Dante to the Internet; and Physics on the Fringe. She has written for the New York Times, Los Angeles Times, The Guardian, and Cabinet.
In 2003, Margaret and her sister Christine founded the Institute For Figuring, a Los Angeles-based organization dedicated to the aesthetic and poetic dimensions of science and mathematics. (www.theiff.org)
About Lizzie Wade: As a young science writer, LIZZIE WADE has road-tripped to physics labs across the world, climbed inside particle detectors, and composed eulogies for several accelerators. She now writes the science blog The Tiniest Cyclotron (http://lizziewade.wordpress.com/) and is working on a book about the Superconducting Super Collider. .
A Play for Puppets
STAR, directed and designed by Los Angeles/Paris artist Katie Shook. STAR, a play for puppets by award-winning playwright Erik Ehn, explores the compulsion for revenge within the emotional aftermath of the Tulsa Race Riots. The piece features an original score by Erik Lindley.
STAR is one of 17 new plays in Erik Ehn’s Soulographie cycle, which looks at America’s relationship to genocide in the 20th century. The plays make meditative space for considering the nature of genocide directly. Ehn’s writing for the cycle has been described (by Laura Edmondson) as "generating an aesthetic of discomfort through systematic dismantling of boundaries between nightmare and reality, poetry and fact, the quotidian and the extreme". The entire cycle(including Star) was presented at LA MAMA in New York in November of 2012.
These performances of STAR inaugurated AUTOMATA’s new home in Los Angeles' Chinatown Arts District.