Drama. Performance Studies. Mixing live performance with algorithms and interfaces, A PIECE OF WORK is the second project in Annie Dorsen's "algorithmic theater" series. A digital Hamlet for a post-humanist age, A PIECE OF WORK deploys a set of ingeniously designed computer algorithms to generate real-time adaptations of Shakespeare's original play. New scenes, songs, scores and visuals emerge from an intricate web of technology. With an introduction by Dorsen, and screen-shots of the system as it runs, this book elaborates both the technological and the poetic procedures of algorithmic theater.
Annie Dorsen is a director and writer, whose works explore the intersection of algorithms and live performance. Her most recent project, Yesterday Tomorrow, premiered at the Holland Festival in 2015, and has been presented since at Berliner Festspiel as part of Maerzmusik, Ultima Festival (Oslo), PS122's Coil Festival (NYC), at T2G as part of Festival d'Automne, along with several others. Her previous algorithmic theatre projects, A PIECE OF WORK (2013; Ugly Duckling Presse, 2017) and Hello Hi There (2010), have both toured extensively in the US and internationally. She received the Herb Alpert Award in the Arts for theater, a NYSCA Individual Artist grant for work in new technology, an Artist Award from the Foundation for Contemporary Arts, and an Obie Award for her work on the Broadway musical Passing Strange, which she co-created and directed. From 2017, she is a Visiting Artist Professor at University of Chicago. Her upcoming project, The Great Outdoors, will premiere in August 2017 at Noorderzon Festival in Groningen, NL.Author City: ELK GROVE VILLAGE, IL USA