SHOW TITLE: GLITCH!
PRODUCER: LOL INC
HAILING FROM: Minnesota
SHOW DESCRIPTION: Part romantic comedy and part surrealist romp through digital life, Glitch! is about missed connections, the blending of the virtual and the real and the love between a computer programmer and a rogue program.
WHAT CAUGHT MY INTEREST: Man, I spent more than enough hours of my childhood chipping away at Final Fantasies I-VI for the concept of falling in love with a computer program to not have to be a metaphor for anything.
My partner and I are a pair of artists, scholars, and teachers who are really invested in performance as an art, as method of inquiry, and a medium for personal expression and communication. As performance artists, we are often trying to “stage the internet,” putting the literal conventions and cultural codes (memes, interfaces, remixes, and glitches) of the internet and digital culture onstage. As scholars, we study and write about new media and performance theories and how they relate to each other. As teachers, we are PhD grad students in the Performance Studies area, so we teach speech, performance, and theatre tech to the beautiful undergraduates at Southern Illinois University. (◕‿◕✿)
The classic love story: girl finds guy, they fall in love, guy finds out girl is not actually a real person but a computer program, girl explodes into pieces, guy uses poetry to win her back, girl morphs into a jellyfish, and the couple dance to surreal internet meme imagery. Standard Shakespearean stuff.（￣ー￣）
Why should I care? (Why should I see it?)