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Thursday, March 3, 7, 7:30 & 8 pm
Forum Lounge: Miwa Matreyek: Myth and Infrastructure
Myth and Infrastructure is a multi-media performance using projected animation. As artist Miwa Matreyek walks behind the screen, her shadow becomes an integral part of a fantastical world: She traverses oceanscapes, and cityscapes as she conjures magical domestic scenes with light and shadow. Matreyek's performance can be viewed as a cinematic experience taking place on a screen. W hat is seen on the screen is a collapsed product of multiple layers of animation, objects and body. Her work exists in a juxtaposition of illusion and non-illusion.
Matreyek is an internationally recognized animator, designer, and multi-media artist based in Los Angeles. She creates animated short films as well as live works that integrate animation, performance, and video installation. Her work explores how animation transforms when it is combined with body and space (and vice-versa). In her video project-based installations, animation takes on a more physical and present quality, while body and space take on a more fantastical quality.
Support for Forum Lounge is generously provided by: Andrea Lang Fund, Endevermusic Productions, the Franciscan Inn, KCSB, Santa Barbara Winery, and the Santa Barbara Independent. Forum Lounge is presented in association with the Santa Barbara Downtown Organization’s 1st Thursday.
This month's Forum Lounge is a particularly special event; it features UCSB-graudate Miwa Matreyek, who performed her last solo piece, Dreaming of Lucid Living, for the Forum Lounge three years ago. A extraordinarily talented animator and performance artist, Miwa is the first artist in the five years of Forum Lounge programming to return to Santa Barbara to perform a new work, Myth and Infrastructure. In addition to her solo performances, Miwa is also one third of a multimedia collaborative, Cloud Eye Control, and has performed as such venerable institutions as REDCAT, the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts and most recently, at the TED Global Conference in Oxford, UK. Simply put, Miwa is a rising star in the international performance art arena, and we are honored to have her here tonight to cast the magical spell that is her animated performance. In my opinion, Miwa's work is the perfect example of how performance art can be simultaneously accessible AND complex, both artistically and conceptually. Her performances are truly transformative, combining craft with abstract visual storytelling to create an environment of wonder and curiosity that always leave you wanting more.