Spencer Museum of Art The University of Kansas


Hybrid Practices: Benjamin Rosenthal Practice-Led Project: human, next
  • Hybrid Practices: Benjamin Rosenthal Practice-Led Project: human, next
  • Lecture
  • 3/11/2015
  • 16:30-17:30
  • Spooner Hall
  • Host: Kress Foundation Department of Art History, Spencer Museum of Art, The Commons
Event Description
human, next is a collaborative multimedia performance, video, art, and sound work curently under development by choreographer James Moreno and artist Benjamin Rosenthal. It uses dancers, mobile monitors, and video projections to perform the convergences and differences between the virtual and physical bodies, offering new perspectives on our 21st century hybrid condition. Virtual bodies appear on three wireless video monitors, a cyclorama, and the bodies of the dancers. The dancers move, obstruct, and reconfigure the monitors as they compete with the digital bodies for control of the performance space. This shifting struggle for the control reveals the complexity of designating the "human." Phase I of human, next made its New York City premiere in March 2014 at CURRENT SESSIONS, and Phase II premiered November 2014 at the Leid Center of Kansas. A video adaption has been presented in film festivals and exhibitions in Athens, Greece; Weimar, Germany; Holon, Isreal; Venice, Italy; and New York City. human, next is funded in part by a Collaborative Seed Grant from the Hall Center for the Humanities, University of Kansas.