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SILENCE & DARKNESS - LIVE MOVIE FROM MULTIMEDIA PERF STUDIO

August 27, 2004
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GEORGE MASON UNIVERSITY’S CENTER FOR THE ARTS and its
MULTIMEDIA PERFORMANCE STUDIO PRESENTS
CYBURBIA PRODUCTIONS' SILENCE AND DARNESS:
A LIVE MOVIE FOR THE CELL PHONE AGE


Fairfax, Virginia, August 26, 2004—Alexander Graham Bell and Thomas Edison embark on a 21st century journey – set to a techno-industrial soundtrack featuring animation, live action, live music and video in Cyburbia Productions’ Silence and Darkness: A Live Movie for the Cell Phone Age, presented by George Mason’s Center for the Arts’s Multimedia Performance Studio at Harris Theater, Wednesday through Saturday, September 22 through October 3. Performances are Thursday-Saturday at 8PM, Sunday at 2PM.

Join Edison and Bell on a cyber journey in this live movie—multimedia performance which integrates live action, song and dance, with digital projections and sound design. Here is a world in which humans attempt to connect – enmeshed in a techno-sphere of cell phones and satellite dishes, chat rooms and web servers, artificial intelligences and content providers. Alexander Graham Bell and Thomas Edison appear as robotic personas to witness all the "improvements" their inventions have wrought. Co-creator Kirby Malone writes that "animated video projections construct a sort of 'poor man's virtual reality' in which cell phoners swarm for corporate barracks around ghostly prom queens behaving like 18th century automata, caught in a world that is no longer ever silent or dark." The performance is punctuated by passages from Jean Baudrillard's Simulations, Guy Debord's Society of the Spectacle, Heiner Muller's HamletMachine, and Robert Waters' Welcome to the Machine.

Multimedia Performance Studio (MPS) is a research and producing/presenting unit of the Division of Art and Visual Technology (AVT), Institute of the Artsat George Mason University. MPS was founded by Kirby Malone and Gail Scott White. MPS is committed to creating innovative, thought-provoking productions which bring together collaborative teams of guest artists, resident faculty artists and students. MPS combines new and traditional technologies, with elements from theater, cinema and music to create "live movies," multimedia installations, and other new performance and exhibition forms for the 21st Century.

SILENCE & DARKNESS
a live movie for the cell phone age
Company List, as of August 25, 2004
Kirby Malone, writer/director
Gail Scott White, multimedia and scenic designer
Dan Hobson, production manager and lighting/scenic designer
Terral Bolton, costume designer
Stephanie Lundy, associate costume designer
Jen Haefeli, costume assistant
Sean Lovelace, sound designer
Robin Hernandez, automaton designer/sculptor

Actors (and singers): Taylor Coffman, Jen Haefeli, Joshua McCarthy,
Chris Parsons, Prince Rozario, Mike Solo, Kelly Wilson, Jay Wylie

Composers: Sean Lovelace, Kelly Wilson, Matt McGarraghy and Matt Cain
Music producer: Chris Andrews

Musicans:
Matt Cain, turntables
Alison Krayer, drums and percussion
Sean Lovelace, samplers and electronics
Matt McGarraghy, guitar

Kira Hoffmann, stage manager
Liz Welke, stage manager
Laura Rozmeski, assistant stage manager

Animators/multimedia artists: Chris Andrews, Soo Jeong Bae, David Danner, Ahmet Dillice, Young Gi Hong, Won Hee Jung, Pat Kelly, Rebecca Kimmel,
Jayeun Ko, Ioulia Kouskova, Hye-kyung Emily Lee, Hyeki Min, Jin Hee Pak,
Sunyoung Park, Prince Rozario, David Rueckert, Mike Solo,
Tate Siev Srey, J Stutt and Gail Scott White

Tickets for SILENCE AND DARKNESS are FREE for Mason Students, Faculty and Staff, $5 – Other Students w/ID, $10 General Admission. Charge by phone at 703-218-6500 or visit www.tickets.com. The Center for the Arts complex is located on the Fairfax campus of George Mason University at the intersection of Braddock Road and Route 123. Paid parking is located in the deck adjacent to the mainstage Concert Hall and FREE parking is located in university lot K. Visit www.gmu.edu/cfa