Happy To See You
An Interactive Media Performance
By Cara Francis
Performed by Cara Francis, Daniel Mirsky, and You.
Technical Collaborator: Daniel Mirsky
General Manager: Emily Pojman
A meditation on the complex relationships that humans develop with the virtual spaces they inhabit, pass through, and engage with every day, Happy To See You interviews its audience members on their social media habits, their feelings about artificial intelligence and their experience living a virtual life in a physical world. Selected participants, engaged in conversation with the disembodied voice of an open-ended dialogue system, will see themselves reflected by cameras beginning with the ones used by their own smart phone apps. In addition to an opportunity to “be truly seen by your friends, your peers, your strangers, and an invisible network of algorithms collecting your data directly from your mind’s eye”, audience members will receive the chance to enter a virtual reality paradise of their choosing in front of the remaining audience for an unreproducible interactive media experience.
“We the audience played a vital role as both subject and spectator, with the piece highlighting the seductive anxiety of overexposure.” -psycho girl, on Happy To See You
“One of the most compelling parts of the exhibit.” – MOTHERBOARD, on Remote
“Remote not only shows participants an unfamiliar perspective of their own body, it captures those images as well.” – Bedford and Bowery, on Remote
“Saturated color in Cara Francis’s Remote might signify human individuality, but images of blindfolded bodies and depersonalizing AR drone aerial shots, jerky framing and limbs detached by editing pull things in a completely opposite direction. An interesting and ominous tension.” -Infinite Body, on Remote
Thursday, October 12 – 8pm
Friday, October 13 – 8pm
Saturday, October 14 – 7pm & 9pm
Sunday, October 15 – 7pm
Tuesday, October 17 – 8pm
Wednesday, October 18 – 8pm
Thursday, October 19 – 8pm
Friday, October 20 – 8pm
Saturday, October 21 – 7pm & 9pm
Sunday, October 22 – 7pm
$20 General Admission
Advanced tickets get you priority access and a guaranteed seat.
WHERE: 55 Bethune Street
Cara Francis (Creator, Director, Writer, Performer) is a writer of plays and songs, a performer, video artist and comedian. An ensemble member of The New York Neo-Futurists since 2008, she has written and performed in Too Much Light Makes the Baby Go Blind, The Soup Show (HERE Arts Center) and The Complete and Condensed Stage Directions of Eugene O’Neill, Volumes One and Two (Two Time Drama Desk Nominee for Unique Theatrical Experience). Her theater performance work has been seen at PS122, Dixon Place, The Ontological-Hysteric/Incubator Arts, The Flea, The Bushwick Starr, Galapagos Art Space, The Chocolate Factory, The Pit, Ars Nova, The New York Comedy Festival, The Chicago and New York Sketch Comedy Festivals, CATCH and AUNTS. Cara performed in Andrew Ondrejcak’s FEAST (Under the Radar, 2014) and the feature film Welcome to Nowhere with Temporary Distortion. She has toured with The Complete and Condensed O’Neill to the Bharat Rang Mahotsav in India and performed in The Return, a motion-capture/sculpture installation at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. She previously developed a site-specific immersive work, Stand, at the Brooklyn Museum with The Institute for Psychogeographic Adventure. Her interactive drone performance work, Remote, premiered at Trouw in Amsterdam, NE, at the New Museum in New York, NY as part of AUNTSisdance and as part of ‘First Person View’ at The Knockdown Center in Queens, NY. Cara’s work has been written about in The Village Voice, The NY Times, The Wall Street Journal, Vice’s MOTHERBOARD, Huffington Post, ARTFORUM and American Theater Magazine.
Daniel Mirsky (Technical Collaborator) is an Artist & Scientist. Born in San Antonio, Texas to a loving and close family of political and religious refugees from then-soviet Latvia, Daniel’s family exposed him to several disciplines including art, music, and physics. Having heavily studied the performing arts and Theatre, Daniel continued his education at Texas A&M University where he graduated with a degree in acting & directing. Before moving to NYC, Daniel performed as a guest artist at the Kennedy Center as an Irene Ryan national finalist. Daniel also collaborated with the NY Neos for several years as a technical associate, stage manager, designer and tech director.
Emily Pojman (General Manager) is a lifelong lover of the theater. She began working with the New York Neo-Futurists in 2014 and today runs their volunteer program. Outside of the Neos she is a writer and producer, working extensively in reality television and digital media. She is currently a producer at Vox Media’s Curbed.
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This program is supported, in part, by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council. Funding for NYNF is also provided in part by the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and the New York State Legislature.