Robert Allen and Antoinette LaFarge Performance Art

Visiting Artists & Designers

Robert Allen and Antoinette LaFarge
Thursday, April 17

Robert Allen (director) and Antoinette LaFarge (writer and video artist) will discuss their recent works.

Robert Allen is a theater movement specialist and teaches movement for actors when he is not directing. His recent projects include For a Better World by Roland Schimmelpfennig (UMBC, 2006); Galileo in America by Antoinette LaFarge (staged readings, Goethe Institute L.A. and the Villa Aurora, Los Angeles, 2004); Demotic (workshop, Beall Center for Art and Technology, Irvine, CA 2004). Allen has an M.F.A. in Theater from Columbia University, where he studied directing with Anne Bogart. His work as a director is grounded in prior experience as a choreographer and performer in German Tanztheater, working with Reinhild Hoffmann (a contemporary of Pina Bausch) and other German directors. He also possesses an M.F.A. in modern dance from UCLA and a B.F.A. in visual art from the San Francisco Art Institute.

Antoinette LaFarge is associate professor of digital media at the University of California, Irvine. An artist and writer with a special interest in virtual and mixed realities and net-based improvisation, her recent intermedia performance works include the Demotic workshop production (Beall Center, 2004), The Roman Forum Project (Beall Center, 2003), Reading Frankenstein (Beall Center, 2003), Virtual Live (Location One, NY, 2002) She has co-curated two ground-breaking shows on computer games and art, ALT+CTRL (2005) and SHIFT-CTRL (2000). Antoinette is the founding director of the Plaintext Players, a pioneering Internet performance group that uses net-based virtual worlds to stage their performances. The Plaintext Players have appeared at a wide variety of international venues, including documenta x (1997), the Venice Biennale (1997), and the European Media Arts Festival (1993), and a transcript of one of their performances was published in Performance Art Journal in 2003. She is also the founder-director of the Museum of Forgery, a virtual institute dedicated to the aesthetics of forgery.

Presented by the InterArts series.

8 pm, Lecture Hall 7 (ITE Building). Admission is free.