Dreams That Money Can Buy: The Post-Dramatic I
An Evening of Theater
Tuesday, December 7, 2010, 7:30–9:30 pm
Timken Lecture Hall, San Francisco campus
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The Post-Dramatic is the first in a series of studio performances realized by Graduate Program in Fine Arts in collaboration with the CCA Wattis Institute. The participants are Binta Ayofemi, Marissa Botelho, Liam Everett, Bean Gilsdorf, Robert Gomez, Nancy Nowacek, Cassie Thornton, and Natasha Wheat.
The play uses Hans Richter's 1947 film Dreams That Money Can Buy, described by the director as "a film of dreams mixed with reality," as a point of departure for a series of dream performances. In the film, Richter's seven collaborators (including John Cage, Alexander Calder, Marcel Duchamp, Max Ernst, Fernand Léger, and Man Ray), each produced a channel of dream content: a 10-minute subversion of postwar fantasies, aspiration, and attention, an early post-modern mash-up of Surrealist figures, department stores, romance, card games, backrooms, banter, anxiety, difference, chance, and desire.
In this presentation, each participating artist has generated a contemporary dream sequence with the aim to mirror and subvert popular modes of fantasy, loss, spectacle, and desire in contemporary culture. The project suggests a space between theater, performance, and conceptual art practices of language, play, and form. As a conceptual strategy, the Post-Dramatic decenters the privileged modes of story, plot, and character to examine a space between performance, text, and artwork of the everyday.