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I Feel Your Pain

Columbia College Chicago
600 S. Michigan Ave.
Chicago, IL 60605
July 13th, 2012 - September 30th, 2012
Opening: July 13th, 2012 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM

QUICK FACTS
WEBSITE:  
http://www.mocp.org
NEIGHBORHOOD:  
Michigan Ave/Downtown
EMAIL:  
mocp@colum.edu
PHONE:  
312-663-5554
OPEN HOURS:  
Mon-Wed; 10-5; Thurs 10-8; Sat 10-5; Sun 12-5
TAGS:  
performance, video, mixed-media, video-art

DESCRIPTION

I Feel Your Pain, Liz Magic Laser,
A Performa Commission, Produced by Performa.

Performance and single-channel video, 6 min excerpted from 80 min, 2011.
LINK TO PERFORMA 11

For Performa 11, Liz Magic Laser presented a new mixed-media performance,I Feel Your Pain, that restages America’s recent political contests as romantic drama. Drawing on a variety of agitprop theater tactics, particularly the Russian Constructivist idea of a “living newspaper,” the performance examines how emotion is used to establish authenticity on America’s political stage. Staged in a movie theater, I Feel Your Pain takes place simultaneously in the midst of the audience and on the cinema’s screen. Eight actors perform a sequence of scenes tracing the progression of a relationship using dialogues adapted from political interviews and press conferences. As the actors perform, selected footage from three cinematographers is projected onto the screen in a continuous live-feed while Laser acts as real time editor to produce a live film. Borrowing elements from historic “living newspaper” productions, the performance features live voice-overs, pantomime fight scenes, and mute commentaries by a clown.