Makus, Nattinger, and Torpey will build a series of temporary installations/performance acts embedded within Grant Park that explore the shape and form of its ecosystem, respond to and reveal the stories of its spaces, and create a dialogue with its hidden voices. We will also capture snapshots of the park’s magic through photographs of these interventions, creating a persistent artifact of the ephemeral experiences.
Each day, they will construct, document, and then remove a new installation in different regions of the park, using a toolbox of components to create a variety of site-specific responses. Each daily cycle features specific elements of the toolbox and serves as a performance in its own right.
About the Artist
Rebecca M. K. Makus is a designer for theatre, performance, and installations. She holds an M.F.A. from the California Institute of the Arts and is an Associate Professor of Theatre and Performance Studies at Kennesaw State University. Her design for performance focuses on custom designed and built interactive light objects, transforming alternative performance spaces, embedded media design, and site-responsive work. Her international portfolio includes work at Lyon Opera Ballet, Edinburgh Fringe Festival, Sibiu International Theatre Festival, Tramway in Glasgow, Manchester Metropolitan University, and Lancaster Institute for Contemporary Arts (LICA). Her NY dance work includes designs for Bill Young, Colleen Thomas and Dancers. She recently did set and lighting design for Colleen Thomas Dance’s site specific piece Welcome Home on Governor’s Island in NYC. Makus’s Atlanta based work includes designs for choreographer Lauri Stallings of glo and John McFall with Atlanta Ballet, as well as for Actors Express, 7 Stages, and the Alliance’s Theatre for the Very Young. Makus received a Suzi Bass Award in 2015 for Best Lighting Design of a Play (Marcus; or the Secret of Sweet at Actors Express). She received an NEA Artworks grant for her interactive installation Ipomoea: the Urban Garden Within, which recently premiered in Atlanta.
Makus will be joined by her two collaborators: Elly Jessop Nattinger and Peter A. Torpey.
Elly Jessop Nattinger is an artist and technologist who believes in the power of integrating new technologies into artistic expression to explore new qualities of experience and tell new stories. She’s built interactive multimedia systems for live performance, wearable musical instruments, and technologically-responsive installations. Drawing on her background in computer science, choreography, and theatrical design, she completed her doctorate at the MIT Media Lab, where she was a member of the Opera of the Future research group. In addition to her independent theatrical work, she is a software engineer and prototyper for Google’s Augmented and Virtual Reality division.
Peter A. Torpey works at the nexus of theater, interaction design, music, technology, and storytelling. As founder and principal creative at The nth Art, he weaves together his diverse expertise in video production, theatrical design, computer programming, and the visual arts to create interactive media, installation, arts, and performances. Torpey received his doctorate from the MIT Media Lab, where his contributions were integral to the design and implementation of groundbreaking works that focus on modes of representing expression.