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March 29, 2009
The Laboratory for the Development of Substitute Materials presents the
Chicago premiere of Theoretical Isolation: A Post-Atomic Experiment
The Neo-Futurarium, 5153 N. Ashland Ave, Chicago, IL – April
The performance is at 7:30 PM, suggested donation of $10.
Theoretical Isolation: A Post-Atomic Experiment is a collaboratively
generated performance that premiered in March 2009 at Arcosanti, an urban
laboratory in the high desert of central Arizona, as the culmination
of a week-long residency. The performance is inspired by the development
of the atomic bomb at Los Alamos, Shakespeare's The Tempest, and the
theories of Paolo Soleri, the Italian architect who founded Arcosanti.
This original multi-media, interdisciplinary, site-specific work incorporates
scientific experimentation, Congressional testimony and vaudevillian
magic. The performance has been re-imagined for its newest incarnation
at the Neo-Futurarium.
Inspired by the discovery that The Tempest was among the literary texts
discussed by scientists at Los Alamos, the performance investigates
historical and fictional characters who retreated from civilization
in order to
re-imagine it, working in geographic isolation to create books and
bombs with the potential to change the world. Theoretical Isolation:
Experiment focuses on two of these individuals: J. Robert Oppenheimer,
the physicist who oversaw the Manhattan Project, and Prospero, Shakespeare’s
most famous magician.
Support for this project comes from Northwestern University’s Center
for Interdisciplinary Research in the Arts and The University of Chicago’s
Summer Inc. program.
About The Laboratory for the Development of Substitute Materials
The Laboratory for the Development of Substitute Materials (LDSM) is:
Seth Bockley, Jessica Hudson, Chloe Johnston, Ira S. Murfin, Kerensa
Peterson, Angela Tillges, and Seth Zurer. The members of LDSM are performance,
literary, and visual artists variously affiliated with a number of prominent
Chicago theatre companies, including Redmoon Theater, 500 Clown, Collaboraction,
and the Neo-Futurists. Previously, these artists collaborated on Impossible
Cities: A Utopian Experiment, produced by Walkabout Theatre Company at
the Peter Jones Gallery in Chicago in 2007. Directed by Seth Bockley,
the show featured three original performance pieces, each exploring a
different American utopian society, woven together with text from Italo
Calvino's novel Invisible Cities. An accompanying art exhibition, curated
by Redmoon Theater's Angela Tillges, featured an international roster
of artists. Impossible Cities played to sold-out houses and was recommended
by Chicago Public Radio, the Chicago Tribune, and the Chicago Reader.
For information about LDSM and this performance, or to schedule interviews
or acquire images, contact Chloe Johnston at firstname.lastname@example.org