left to right, top to bottom: Mark Coniglio, Jared Mezzocchi, Maya Ciarrocchi, and Kevin Cunningham.

left to right, top to bottom: Mark Coniglio, Jared Mezzocchi, Maya Ciarrocchi, and Kevin Cunningham.

Come hear what they have to say about the future of digital technology in performance at Westbeth on November 20th. We will discuss such fascinating topics as:  Should robots emote? and What's the most successful use of a sensor you've ever seen? 

A little background...

[Mark Coniglio] Recognized as a pioneering force in the integration of dance and media, composer/media artist Mark Coniglio creates large-scale performance works that integrate music, dance, theater and interactive media. A native of Nebraska, Mark received his degree in music composition in 1989 from California Institute of the Arts where he studied with electronic music pioneer Morton Subotnick. From that early time, Coniglio’s artistic practice has included the creation of custom interactive systems that allow performers to manipulate video, sound, and light in real-time. His first technological breakthrough came in 1989 when he created MidiDancer, a wireless system that allowed a performer to interactively control music. His passion for giving control to the performer led him to create the award-winning software Isadora®, a flexible graphic programming environment that provides interactive control over digital media. Mark's writings about new media in performance have appeared in numerous books and journals, including “New Visions In Performance”, “La Scena Digitale: Nuovi Media Per La Danza” and Movement Research Journal. He relocated from New York to Berlin, Germany in 2008. []

[Jared Mezzocchi] Jared teaches Projection Design in University of Maryland's Theatre, Dance, and Performance Studies program. He recently designed productions in New York City with 3-Legged Dog (Downtown Loop, Poppa God Bless: Workshop), Baryshnikov Arts Center (Robert Wilson’s On The Beach), HereArts (You Are Dead. You Are Here.), Builders Association (Jet Lag 2011), Rob Roth (Screen Test), and has toured internationally with Big Art Group (SOS, The Sleep, The People). Regionally, he has designed for Center Stage (Stones in his Pockets), Cleveland Playhouse (Breath and Imagination), Milwaukee Rep (History of Invulnerability, The Mountaintop), The Wilma (Body of an American) and CompanyONE (Astroboy and the God of Comics). In his current city of Washington DC, he is a company member at Woolly Mammoth (Totalitarians, Elaborate Entrance of Chad Diety), and continues designing for Theater J (Intelligent Homosexuals Guide to Capitalism and Socialism with a Key to the Scriptures, Yellowface, Race), Everyman (Grounded), Olney (Grounded), and Studio (Astroboy and the God of Comics). Jared is a recipient of the 2012 Princess Grace Awards, Theater Fellowship. He is also the winner of an IRNE and Elliot Award for Natsu Onoda Power’s Astroboy and the God of Comics (CompanyONE, Boston), as well as a Dance Metro DC award for his multimedia design with WORDDANCE’s Isadora in Russia. He also won Best Original Playwright for his production of The Lost World in 2012, to which he remounted at University of Maryland this past winter. Last season, he was also a nominee for a Helen Hayes’s award for Projection Design in Woolly Mammoth’s Totalitarians. []

[Maya Ciarrocchi] Maya’s work in video, photography, installation and performance addresses identity and otherness via documentation and durational portraiture. Her work has been exhibited in New York at: Anthology Film Archives, Chashama, The Chocolate Factory, Gibney Dance, The Invisible Dog Arts Center, Microscope Gallery, New York Live Arts, Sasha Wolf Gallery, among other institutions and at Artisphere, (VA), Hammer Museum (CA); Borderlines Film Festival (UK); Moving Pictures Festival (CAN). Residencies include the Baryshnikov Arts Center (NY), Kala Art Institute (CA), Lower Manhattan Cultural Council, Swing Space and Process Space (NY), and the Ucross Foundation (WY). She is the recipient of grants from the Franklin Furnace Fund and the Jerome and Puffin Foundations. She was awarded a Jeff and a New York Dance and Performance Award (Bessie) for her work as a projections designer and has collaborated with choreographers and directors such as Wally Cardona, Ping Chong, David Cromer, Merce Cunningham, Kristin Marting, Bebe Miller and Donna Uchizono among many others. Ciarrocchi received her M.F.A. from the School of Visual Arts and her B.F.A. from SUNY Purchase. []

[Kevin Cunningham] Kevin is an award-winning New York based artist and entrepreneur. He is the founder and Executive Artistic Director of 3-Legged Dog Media and Theater Group and 3LD Art & Technology Center, 3-Legged Dog's multi-venue high tech development studio in Lower Manhattan. He is known for artistic and technological innovation as well as business innovation in the not for profit arts. His artistic focus over the last 30 years has been on the creation of large-scale interdisciplinary artwork of all kinds and on the creation of artists' tools that enable intuitive manipulation of time-based and sensory elements. He is the recipient of many awards and has received major grants from most major private cultural foundations and has raised significant funding from social and traditional venture capital funds in the U.S. and Europe. Awards and honors include two Rockefeller Foundation Residencies in Bellagio Italy, Edward F. Albee Foundation Residency, selection for the Venice Biennale 2004 and 2008 for interactive media design, 2007 American Theater Wing Hewes Design Award and a Hewes Nomination in 2008. Two of his works have been selected for the prestigious Prague Quadrennial of Performance Design 2011 and Official Selection for the 2013 Sundance, American Film Institute, New York and Hamptons Film Festivals as well as CPH:DOX. He has twice been awarded the Rockefeller Foundation Cultural Innovation Fund Grant. []