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$27,000 to support Rock, Paper, Scissors (MAP 2008), a theatrical adventure rendered through the live drawing and paper sculpture, that challenges the conceptual boundaries between visual art and theater and bring new insight into the ways in which older “analog” generations and younger “digital” generations consume stories.

About the Project

Rock, Paper, Scissors, a theatrical adventure rendered through live drawing and paper sculpture, will challenge the conceptual boundaries between visual art and theatre and bring new insight into the ways in which older “analog” generations and younger “digital” generations consume stories.

When the creative team of Corey Madden and Laural Meade began with the idea of generating a new work through the live creation of visual art, the questions posed were exhilarating: Can we find the theatrical energy of a piece through real-time drawing or paper manipulation? How does the creation of visual art onstage redefine the nature of storytelling? And, can “analog” art forms help us to explore how today’s digitally-driven young people create and consume narrative in different ways than previous generations?

In answering these questions, the team will devise a piece using only paper, pen and very little language, featuring one older and one younger performer. Topically, the artists are drawn to the furor over computer gaming, questioning whether gaming’s inherent – and controversial – use of violence as a narrative force is any different from its progenitor epic/myth storytelling formats.  “The Sorcerer’s Apprentice” has emerged as the source text for an exploration of the creative tension between an old-style, craftsman master and a frenetic, gamer apprentice.  The resulting piece will follow a more contemporary understanding of the master/apprentice power relationship – one that does not automatically privilege the wisdom and skill of the old over the audacity of the young.

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