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