Performed by Geof Sobelle
Directed by Graham Sack
Written by Graham Sack, Geoff Sobelle, and Sarah Hughes
Technical Direction by Sensorium
Based on The Object Lesson by Geoff Sobelle
Co-Produced by New York Theatre Workshop with Graham Sack, Sarah Hughes and Sensorium
The Object Lesson is an installation and immersive theater performance created by Geoffrey Sobelle, which was presented at New York Theatre Workshop in Spring 2017. The show is set in a storage facility of gargantuan proportions where audiences are free to roam and sift through the clutter, creating a space of reflection and wonder as Sobelle unpacks his relationship to everyday objects. Expanding upon the themes of memory, personal archiving and objectification raised by the theatrical performance, Subject: Object is a virtual reality experience that immerses the viewer in the perspective of various objects both pedestrian and humorous: a faulty typewriter, a rotary phone, a wine-glass, a short-circuiting lightbulb, a box of detritus.
Special Thanks to Caitlin Baird, Jeremy Blocker, and Chip Rodgers
Photos by Mathew Niederhauser.
Written & Directed by Graham Sack
Based on the novel by George Saunders
Executive Produced by Jenny 8. Lee
Producers: Graham Sack, Sensorium, The New York Times, Penguin Random House, Plympton
Co-Producers: Sarah Hughes, Quentin Little, Josh Elkes, Bonnie Kathleen Ryan
With Keaton Nigel Cooke, Jake Hart, Sam Lilja, Mark Linn-Baker, April Matthis, Pete Simpson, Robbie Tann
–George Saunders in New York Magazine
It's the eve of the Civil War and President Abraham Lincoln is struggling with not only the fate of the nation he leads, but also the recent loss of his young son Willie. In this immersive narrative VR short, created as a companion piece to George Saunders' novel Lincoln in the Bardo, Lincoln pays a nighttime visit to the haunted cemetery in which his beloved son has just been laid to rest. The viewer is placed in the perspective of one of the ghosts stuck in the "bardo", or purgatory, between life and afterlife.
Directors of Photography Sensorium
VFX The Molecule
Sound Design SilVR
Original Music Luke Allen
Background Actors Frank Bowman, Olivia Gilliatt, Stephen Hill, Zac Jaffee, Robby Lerman, Jon J. Masters, Bonnie Kathleen Ryan, Daphne Skeeter, Susan Stout, John Williams, Lenore Wolf
Photos by Mathew Niederhauser.
The Office for Creative Research (OCR) was co-founded by Mark Hansen, Ben Rubin and Jer Thorp as a hybrid research group working at the intersection of technology, culture and education. They build user-focused tools, public space interventions and forward-looking prototypes in the service of understanding and humanizing complex data systems.
While at OCR in 2014 and 2015, Sarah Hughes helped the company produce several works, including a large-scale immersive live performance in collaboration with Elevator Repair Service (ERS) and the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA). This piece, called A Sort of Joy (Thousands of Exhausted Things), used information from MoMA’s 123,951-item collections database as the source material for its script, exploring the Museum’s past and present exhibitions. A variable performance script was delivered to actors electronically as they roamed throughout the second floor galleries of the museum. Artwork titles, artist names, materials and dimensions all became fodder for exchanges between performers; this spoken text and the ambient sound that accompanied was is experienced through wireless stereo headphones worn by audience members. The performance took the form of an extended audio tour in which the patterns, idiosyncrasies and secrets of this enormous database were revealed to museum-goers, and the database itself took its place in the galleries alongside the very artworks it contains. Every word spoken during the performance came directly from the database.
A Sort of Joy (Thousands of Exhausted Things) was presented as part of the Museum of Modern Art's Artists Experiment program. It was a collaboration between the Office for Creative Research and Elevator Repair Service, and was conceived by John Collins, Mark Hansen, Ben Rubin and Jer Thorp.
Directed by John Collins
Project Manager Sarah Hughes
Software Design & Operation by Mark Hansen, Ellery Royston, Jer Thorp
Sound Design by Ben Rubin
Stage Manager Mo Lioce
With Kate Benson, Lindsay Hockaday, Mike Iveson, Vin Knight, Gavin Price, Ben Williams
Photos by Manuel Martagon & Ben Rubin.