Andrew Schneider, AFTER
173 people pledged $27,022 to support this project on Kickstarter.
How do you describe the indescribable? That was the reaction from audiences treated to AFTER, a performance piece from Andrew Schneider and the YOUARENOWHERE team, which debuted in New York during the Under the Radar festival at the Public Theater in January 2018. With the support of 173 backers on Kickstarter, Schneider collaborated with the Curtis R. Priem Experimental Media and Performing Arts Center (EMPAC) to build a custom Wave Field Synthesis speaker system, which creates “sound holograms” that move around the audience in three dimensions. The result: noises that emerge right next to you, only to run away, hover above the front row, then circle back. Paired with grids of projected light and pulsing movement by the performers, the work aims to leverage sensory overload and collective hallucination to question reality, the lived experience, and our own consciousness.