Dialogue with Paul Kaiser

An ongoing series of talks with artists and writers conceived and conducted by Bonnie Marranca.

October 22, 2002

Admission: Regular $5, Students $2, Members Free.

Location One is pleased to announce the second talk of our series Performance Contemporary: a conversation with Paul Kaiser conducted by Bonnie Marranca. PAUL KAISER is a digital artist whose work has been exhibited in performance spaces such as Lincoln Center and Barbicon and in museums and galleries, such as the Whitney, Pompidou Center and Eyebeam. His work began in experimental film and audiotape; he also studied the storytelling practices of the Tarahumara and Navajo Indians. Kaiser spent ten years in Washington D.C. teaching students with severe learning disabilities. He began developing computer programs that allowed these children to build multimedia depictions of their own minds. In 1994, Kaiser relocated to New York and founded Riverbed, a multimedia studio, in order to create cultural and art-oriented interactive projects. Kaiser created the virtual dances Hand-Drawn Spaces and BIPED, with Merce Cunningham and Shelley Eshkar, and Ghostcatching, with Bill T. Jones. Kaiser’s piece Trace (2001), a multimedia narrative installation with audio design by Bell Labs scientist Nicholas Tsingos, was seen at the Brooklyn Academy of Music as part of the Arts in Multimedia program. His most recent public art work, Pedestrian, a project produced by the Art Production Fund and Eyebeam, was installed at three Manhattan sites including Rockefeller Center, The Studio Museum in Harlem, and Eyebeam in Chelsea. He has received many awards, including ComputerWorld/Smithsonian Award in 1991, a Guggenheim Fellowship in 1996, and a Bessie award in 2000.

BONNIE MARRANCA is co-founder and editor of PAJ: A Journal of Performance and Art. A theatre critic residing in New York City, she has written two volumes of essays, Ecologies of Theatre, and Theatrewritings, which won the George Jean Nathan Award in Dramatic Criticism, and has edited several books, including Conversations on Art and Performance, Plays for the End of the Century, and Interculturalism and Performance. Bonnie Marranca is a Guggenheim Fellow and Fulbright scholar and is currently teaching at Princeton University. She is Director of Special Performance Projects at Location One.

Future PerformanceContemporary events:
The Wooster Group-A Dictionary of Ideas: Tuesday, November 19, 7 PM.
Dialogue with Richard Maxwell: Tuesday, December 17, 7 PM