“Hallucinatory. Psychotropic. Miraculous.” —The New York Times on AFTER
What does it mean to be here and now?
What connections are we missing in an always-on world?
Interactive media artist Andrew Schneider and recurring collaborators create a performance cartography of the all-too-fleeting revelations, narratives, and emotional interactions flooding our bodies and brains every second of every day. A breathtaking intersection of human physicality and stunning visual technology, NERVOUS/SYSTEM decodes the stories we miss each time we blink.
NERVOUS/SYSTEM specifically follows the trajectories of 7 individual and entirely disparate narratives throughout history and explores how interconnected all events truly are. Borrowing concepts from physics and philosophy such as “loop gravity,” “eternalism,” and “block time,” NERVOUS/SYSTEM’s narrative structure attempts to collapse linear time, putting effect before cause and causing us to think about our realities and how we as humans affect each other in profoundly new ways.
A Live Arts Bard co-commission with MIT and the Brooklyn Academy of Music, NERVOUS/SYSTEM is the third project in a triptych of new performance works by Schneider with a core ensemble of collaborators (following YOUARENOWHERE and AFTER) that create rapid-fire existential meditations using physics lectures, pop culture, and personal revelation to dissect subjects ranging from quantum mechanics and parallel universes to missed connections and AA recovery steps. Using an array of complex visual and aural effects to produce a fluid, shifting landscape of sensory overload, these three projects transform the physical performance space and to short-circuit preconceived notions of individual perspective and what it means to be here now.
The core company includes collaborators Alicia ayo Ohs, Bard alum Kedian Keohan, and Peter Musante, with designer and mechanical engineer Elena Tilli, working on set and video design. Joining the team over the course of the company’s three-week residency at the Fisher Center will be 14 Bard undergraduate students, who will observe the development of the work and will perform in the piece.
October 12 at 7:30 pm
October 13 at 7:30 pm
October 14 at 4:00 pm
Fisher Center, LUMA Theater
ABOUT THE ARTIST:
Andrew Schneider is an OBIE award-winning, Drama Desk nominated performer, writer, and interactive-electronics artist creating original works for theater, video, and installation since 2003. Based in Brooklyn, New York, Schneider creates and performs original performance works, builds interactive electronic art works and installations, and was a company member of The Wooster Group from 2007-2014. Andrew’s original performance work in NYC includes AFTER (2018 – Under the Radar Festival, The Public Theater), YOUARENOWHERE (2015 OBIE Award – The Invisible Dog, 2016 Drama Desk nomination, 3LD), DANCE/FIELD (2014 – Dance Roulette), and TIDAL (2013 – River to River Festival).
Andrew creates wearable, interactive electronic art works such as the Solar Bikini, (a bikini that charges your iPod), and wireless programmable sound effect gloves. His interactive work has been featured in such publications as Art Forum and Wired, among others and at the Center Pompidou in Paris.