Automata Archives 2009
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Automata Benefit

To celebrate our 5th year, Automata hosted its first benefit. Benefit performers included Paul Zaloom, Laura Heit, Susan Simpson, Janie Geiser, Eli Presser, Weba Garritson and Ralph Gorodetsky. The benefit also included a raffle, hosted by Marsian deLellis, and an art auction with works by artists and filmmakers. The Automata Benefit was held at The Metabolic Studio to overflow crowds. (Thank you to The Metabolic Studio at Farmlab.)

Concrete Folk Variations: Chapter 3
Created by Susan Simpson

The final episode in Susan Simpson's serial puppet play that reaches back into the history of clandestine gay culture McCarthy era Los Angeles. The Manual Archives (April 17-26th)

More at http://www.susansimpson.info

The Reptile Under the Flowers (work-in-progress)
A Diorama-Performance by Janie Geiser with music by Valerie Opielski

The Reptile Under the Flowers explores issues of truth and illusion, the relationship between power and love, and the emotional trauma of war. In today's political climate, these issues are constantly in front of our eyes. The Reptile Under the Flowers is a walk-through diorama-performance in 13 scenes, using puppetry, peepshows, mechanical performing objects, miniature projections, and a spinning dollhouse, crumbling in the snow. Music composed by Valerie Opielski, lighting by Brandon Stirling-Baker. Presented at the Foshay Masonic Lodge, a co-presentation of The Museum of Jurassic Technology and Automata. (May 21-24)

Mild Light
An evening of Cantastoria

Picture story recitation performance by Clare Dolan, Chief Operating Philosopher of the Museum of Everyday Life (Vermont). Using examples from the permanent collection of the Museum of Everyday Life, Clare demonstrated the versatility and immediacy of this performance form, with stories ranging from accounts of bloody crime in the 1930's written by Bertolt Brecht, to the dilemmas of a modern-day heroine trying to make a living and achieve total happiness. In addition to the shows, a brief, entertaining historical overview of the performance form was presented. The Manual Archives (July3-5)

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