Editors' Notes

Maria Damon and Michelle Greenblatt
Jim Leftwich and Michelle Greenblatt
Sheila E. Murphy and Michelle Greenblatt

A Visual Conversation on Michelle Greenblatt's ASHES AND SEEDS with Stephen Harrison, Monika Mori | MOO, Jonathan Penton and Michelle Greenblatt

Letters for Michelle: with work by Jukka-Pekka Kervinen, Jeffrey Side, Larry Goodell, mark hartenbach, Charles J. Butler, Alexandria Bryan and Brian Kovich

Visual Poetry by Reed Altemus
Poetry by Glen Armstrong
Poetry by Lana Bella
A Eulogic Poem by John M. Bennett
Elegic Poetry by John M. Bennett
Poetry by Wendy Taylor Carlisle
A Eulogy by Vincent A. Cellucci
Poetry by Vincent A. Cellucci
Poetry by Joel Chace
A Spoken Word Poem and Visual Art by K.R. Copeland
A Eulogy by Alan Fyfe
Poetry by Win Harms
Poetry by Carolyn Hembree
Poetry by Cindy Hochman
A Eulogy by Steffen Horstmann
A Eulogic Poem by Dylan Krieger
An Elegic Poem by Dylan Krieger
Visual Art by Donna Kuhn
Poetry by Louise Landes Levi
Poetry by Jim Lineberger
Poetry by Dennis Mahagin
Poetry by Peter Marra
A Eulogy by Frankie Metro
A Song by Alexis Moon and Jonathan Penton
Poetry by Jay Passer
A Eulogy by Jonathan Penton
Visual Poetry by Anne Elezabeth Pluto and Bryson Dean-Gauthier
Visual Art by Marthe Reed
A Eulogy by Gabriel Ricard
Poetry by Alison Ross
A Short Movie by Bernd Sauermann
Poetry by Christopher Shipman
A Spoken Word Poem by Larissa Shmailo
A Eulogic Poem by Jay Sizemore
Elegic Poetry by Jay Sizemore
Poetry by Felino A. Soriano
Visual Art by Jamie Stoneman
Poetry by Ray Succre
Poetry by Yuriy Tarnawsky
A Song by Marc Vincenz

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Lucid Possession
by Toni Dove

"Lucid Possession" is a live cinema performance mixed and animated in real-time using cutting-edge motion-sensing technologies to perform complex layers of media. Musicians and a video DJ control robotic screens, lights, sound and video that merge to present a contemporary ghost story—a poetic musing on noise management—and on self-perception and fame across virtual and real social spaces. Performers fuse means with concept in a musical thriller that unfolds from the point of view of a programmer, her Avatar, and their real and virtual community of fans.

Bean, a designer of virtual avatars, is plagued by ghosts. Her mind operates like a radio receiver that "picks up people"—an artifact of heightened programming skills. Her Avatar—an online alter ego—goes viral on the Internet and turns her into a minor celebrity. People clog her servers—they want something, but she isn't sure what. There's a noise building in her head. What's causing the interference? Her inner voices battle with the outside noise, a schizoid chorus from the real and virtual worlds.

"Lucid Possession" will be premiering in NYC at Roulette in Brooklyn April 25, 26 and 27.

Toni Dove animates characters onstage using video motion sensing. Hai-Ting Chinn who performs the lead onscreen and onstage, sings and speaks through an Avatar. Violinist and technologist Todd Reynolds composes and performs a live score with violin and sampling that embodies the noise in Bean's head. Elliott Sharp is the composer for the song cycle. R. Luke DuBois is the software designer. Bob McGrath, from the Ridge Theater, co-directs the staging. Leif Krinkle designs robots and led systems. Karen Young is the costume designer. Ed Bear adds customized hardware controls and manages the live sound system in performance. Matt Tennie is technical director and executes real time movement of robotic screens using an iPad. Quentin Chiapetta of Medianoise is the sound designer for the cinematic components. Supporting cast onscreen: Bora Yoon, Andrew Schneider with Christina Campanella, Luke DuBois, Leif Krinkle.

Executive Producers: Ed Patuto, Director of Issue Project Room, Kim Whitener Producing Director of HERE Arts Center. Producer: Jared Trimble. Assistant Producer: Amy Helfant.

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