AMERICAN THEATRE | HERE Announces New Digital Platform, URHERE

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Jared Mizuchi, Mai Sivan, Adham Hafez, Jimena Garnica, Shige Moriah, Cameron Neal, and Paul Pinto.

New York City: The innovative performing arts space HERE plans to offer a virtual platform, URHERE, to provide access to innovative outdoor and digital performances, with the goal of nurturing experimentation, sparking dialogue, and engagement with the local community. Scheduled to launch in November, URHERE expands on HERE’s mission to support the interdisciplinary work of independent artists and groups at every stage of their careers.

The platform will create a space to enjoy HERE virtual programming and unconventional outdoor experiences. It will feature archival works from the HERE vault, while providing a seamless experience of accessing new and external digital offerings. Everything can be accessed from a single interface, designed as an interactive playing space inspired by the board game GO. HERE has partnered with design firm Imaginary Places to create the platform.

URHERE will allow audiences from around the world to experience a new business via computers, phones or headphones for a range of digital products. The platform will include original digital programming: virtual, augmented, and mixed reality, as well as live broadcasts and more. Outdoor programming will allow audiences to view free and affordable public works designed to transform public spaces and explore the potential of art, showcasing projects by local and international artists.

Funding for URHERE was provided by Bloomberg Philanthropies as part of the Digital Arts and Culture Accelerator Funding Initiative.

For the platform’s inaugural season, HERE has commissioned four new works as a means of beta testing for URHERE. URHERE will be launched with the world premiere of an exciting new work, Section 230by Jared Mizuchi (Here is a graduate of the Artist Residency Program from the Virtual Reality Project, you are dead. you are here). This original work will be digitally performed live and in person for a mixed audience in person and virtual. Section 230 He takes a deep and often dark look at the law that shaped the internet

Also in November, HERE will be introducing a virtual/in-person hybrid premiere of MetaDreams. This mixed reality performance features a virtual world created through Web3 tools and is a dance investigation into how dreams under emergencies are a document of our time. The work features online and augmented reality elements, holographic personal installation, and live performance in a mixed reality environment. The film culminates in ten years of research by Syrian-German choreographer Mai Sivan, co-directed by New York-based choreographer and theorist Adham Hafez. Developed in partnership with Berlin artists Mert Akbal and Harshini Karunaratne and generative artist Ahmed Al Shaer, who work between artificial intelligence, performance, digital design and building the world.

In the spring of 2023, HERE will have two pre-recorded digital original works, developed through the ALL ARTS Artists in Residence program and broadcast on URHERE. without an address It is a new film by multidisciplinary artist, director, and choreographer duo Ximena Garnica and Shige Moriya (artists currently in residence). without an address He embarks on a poetic journey through a mystical landscape of mythical characters, mysterious objects, textures, and materials, with food at its center. It’s a companion to Garnica and Moriya’s upcoming immersive live performance a meal.

Artists Paul Pinto (HERE Artist Residency alumnus) and Cameron Neal will build on their series of immersive music videos interrogating whiteness, presented digitally at HERE’s Prototype Festival in January 2021 and in person by La MaMa and CultureHub in February 2022. Whiteness: Part Two It is the next chapter in a series that reflects on the absurdity, intensity and fears of skin tone. While Whiteness: Part One Relied heavily on the United States census as a source of materials, The second part Looking at the Brazilian and Japanese census from the perspective of a complete stranger, all the better to get beyond the national conversation about race in America.

In addition to these premieres, URHERE will host a rotating library of notable works, including everything from soundtracks to archival theater performances, with selections such as cairns (Gelsey Bell and Joseph White), Only you will recognize the sign (Rob Handel, Kristen Martin, Kamala Sankaram), A wonderful symphony (basil twist), Hemp! vaudeville viper (Grace Gallo and the Pope of Israel), for comment (Taylor Mac), Ladder to stardom (Amanda Sejlowski/Keqfs), and 9000 paper balloons (Maiko Kikuchi and Spencer Lotte).

HERE is a New York City arts organization known for producing and presenting new hybrid performances that integrate artistic disciplines, including theatre, dance, music, opera, puppet art, media, installation, spoken word, and performance art. Founded by Kristen Martin, Tim Manner, Barbara Busacino, and Randy Rawlison in 1993.

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