Hello jərˈmāners, we've got a great piece for this month: the playful and engaging "Dinner Theater", a whodunit that inscribes before us who does it as they do it. Image collapses into text and text becomes an image. Find a statement by the artist and bio below! For more on jərˈmān and a backlog of jərˈmān pieces, go here.
by Liat Berdugo
In Dinner Theater, a narrative story is told through a seating chart: we learn about the characters by seeing their activities as projections from their assigned seats. One seat ‘fluffs hair’ while another ‘waves to arising persons’. The cacophony of actions narrates the play’s arc, from the first audience arrival, through multiple acts, and to an empty and silent theater at the end. Dinner Theater highlights the routines that an audience itself participates in when its members attend a show, as these routines often constitute performances in their own right.
Liat Berdugo is an American artist whose work focuses on the strange, delightful and increasingly ambiguous terrain that lies between the digital and the analog and between the online and the offline. Her work has been exhibited in galleries and festivals internationally, and she has performed throughout the U.S. and Canada. Berdugo is currently pursuing her M.F.A. in Digital + Media at the Rhode Island School of Design. She currently lives and works in Providence, RI. More at http://digikits.ch.