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Jay Scheib's "World of Wires" premieres in NYC 
 


                                                                                                     photograph courtesy of Jay Scheib

 
 

                      "I learned about the Mars Desert Research Station
                      in the Utah desert where scientists and researchers go
                      and wear spacesuits and live in full simulation for months
                      at a time. So I began putting together the pieces..."

 




World of Wires
Jay Scheib's production of Rainer Werner Fassbinder's Welt am Draht 
Part three of the "Simulated Cities Trilogy" 
Performed at The Kitchen, NYC, January 6-21, 2012 


Overview at The Kitchen
The Kitchen

"I began putting together the pieces..."
"Six or seven years ago I asked a group of students what they expected to be doing in 10 years and one student said she’d probably be the first woman on Mars. Then a month later I had a conversation with Joe Gavin, the guy who directed the moon lander. He was the lunar lander brain. He said he wouldn’t go to Mars unless it’s a one-way trip...So that’s the seed that started the human simulation trilogy. I learned about the Mars Desert Research Station in the Utah desert where scientists and researchers go and wear spacesuits and live in full simulation for months at a time. So I began putting together the pieces, combining that with some of my other interests. Although I’ve been doing other productions in between – operas and plays, the ballet in Hong Kong – this trilogy it has remained a real focus of my life."
Interview at Culturebot

Chaos and Cunning 
Jay Scheib’s World of Wires, starring Sarita Choudhury, Mikéah Ernest Jennings, Rosalie Lowe, Jon Morris, Ayesha Ngaujah, Laine Rettmer, and Tanya Selvaratnam, is performed at The Kitchen through January 21, 2012. 
Review at Guernica


Visually dazzling and conceptually rich 

"Experimental dazzler Jay Scheib unveils the final installment of his multimedia performance trilogy Simulated Cities/Simulated Systems with this adaptation of World on a Wire, the 1973 sci-fi film by Rainer Werner Fassbinder. In it, a scientist who pioneered a groundbreaking reality-simulation system finds himself trapped in his own simulation."
Review at Timeout


Wonder, anxiety — and a sense of humor
“For the interdisciplinary auteur Jay Scheib mixing media is as much a socio-philosophical statement as an aesthetic one. His “World of Wires” [has]… equal measures of wonder and anxiety (and, thank heaven, a sense of humor).”
Review at Artsbeat | New York Times
 

Prophetic
Equipped with an iPhone 4S, AndrewAndrew shoots, edits and posts their "Insta-Review" of Jay Scheib's World of Wires at The Kitchen. From their pre-show expectations to their post-show review, everything is captured in the moment and posted online instantly.
AndrewAndrew review


More Reviews 

"His brand of theater always seems to be ahead of everybody else."
Papermag

"If you liked the ideas in 'The Matrix', check this drama out."
Metromix New York

Alex Zafiris interviews Jay Scheib
BOMB Magazine

Scott Macaulay interviews Jay Scheib
Filmmaker Magazine
 

 

Suggested Links

Jay Scheib

MIT Theater Arts

Scheib wins 2011 Guggenheim Fellowship

YouTube | Video interview with Jay Scheib

About the Simulated Cities trilogy

Dossier on World of Wires (PDF)

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