The Wooster Group: There is Still Time... Brother (Opening)
Fri, December 14, 2007 7 pm CET, Opening
Directed by Elizabeth LeCompte
Developed with Jeffrey Shaw for his interactive cinema

Specially for the PanoramaScreen, the renowned performance collective The Wooster Group has developed a new project: »THERE IS STILL TIME . . BROTHER«, an interactive installation, which enables the visitors to individually explore a complex filmic scenario. The co-production of the EMPAC Center [USA] under the direction of Johannes Goebel, of the iCinema Research Centre [AUS] under the direction of Jeffrey Shaw and of the ZKM | Institute for Visual Media [D] under the direction of Bernd Lintermann will be presented to the public for the first as of 14 December 2007.

»The Wooster Group's first war movie, in 360 degrees. The mercurial host tries to articulate the implications of the unique 'narrative space' while massively outnumbered British troops battle the French for control of Fort Calypso. In the center of an interactive panorama, surrounded by children's toys, narrator-bloggers, pornography, bloodletting, war, hamsters -- what will you watch and what will you turn away from? A final tearful goodbye on the shore, then the submarine disappears beneath the waves -- Is there still time?«

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The Wooster Group

Directed by Elizabeth LeCompte
Developed with Jeffrey Shaw for his Interactive Panoramic Cinema

Commissioned by EMPAC, the Experimental Media and Performing Arts Center at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute [USA].

Produced by EMPAC together with the UNSW iCinema Centre for Interactive Cinema Research [AUS], and the ZKM | Institute for Visual Media [D] and in collaboration with The Wooster Group.

Producers: Johannes Goebel and Kathleen Forde [EMPAC]

The Interactive Panoramic Cinema has been conceived of and designed by Jeffrey Shaw. This includes the 360 degree interactive projection method whereby the user can shift the position of a viewing window [EVE/PLACE], iCinema’s 360 degree digital video camera [SPHERECAM] and the PanoramaScreen co-developed by ZKM.

Production design, art direction, script and performance by The Wooster Group:
Geoff Abbas, Aron Deyo, Joby Emmons, Ari Fliakos , Teresa Hartmann , Bozkurt Karasu, Ken Kobland, Elizabeth LeCompte, Gabe Maxson, Jamie Poskin, Matt Schloss, Scott Shepherd, Kate Valk, Judson Williams

EMPAC Production Team:
Jonas Braasch, Kathleen Forde, Kimberly Gardner, Johannes Goebel, Shannon Johnson, CathyJo Kile, Jason Steven Murphy, Todd Vos

iCinema Production Team:
Jarred Berghold, Volker Kuchelmeister, Damian Leonard, Sue Midgley, Jeffrey Shaw

The Wooster Group Administrative Team:
Joel Bassin, Yvan Greenberg, Clay Hapaz, Cynthia Hedstrom, Kaneza Schaal

ZKM Production Team:
Jan Gerigk, Arne Graesser, Manfred Hauffen, Petra Kaiser, Bernd Lintermann, Silke Sutter

SPHERECAM cinematography, production pre-view system and post production:
Volker Kuchelmeister [iCinema]

Real-time Image Processing and Projection System for Complex Surfaces:
Bernd Lintermann [ZKM]

Panoramic projection screen engineering:
Huib Nelissen Decor en Constructiewerken, Haarlem [NL]

Sound recording, editing and post-production:
Todd Vos [EMPAC], Geoff Abbas, Matt Tierney [The Wooster Group]

Localization Capturing System for Moving Sound Sources and Virtual Microphone Control for Sound Projection Systems:
Jonas Braasch, Communication Acoustics Research Lab, Rensselaer

Excerpts from the following materials are included in the text: Transcripts from discussions among Jeffrey Shaw, Johannes Goebel and The Wooster Group; »Pioneer Dogs«, a film script by Adam Edwards; »On the Beach« [1959], a film by Stanley Kramer; Rosie O'Donnell's online blog []

The Wooster Group wishes to thank Kell Condon, Chris Loar, Reid Farrington, Zach Stinnett and Haowen Wang

With support from the Jaffe Fund for Experimental Media and Performing Arts at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute

About The Wooster Group

The Wooster Group, founded in New York in 1975, has greatly influenced international theater: In their works, the ensemble combines classic and modern theater texts with new media and reflects the elements of theatrical performance and strategies as well as the role of the actor respectively the performer.
With their deconstruction of common conventions of theater, The Wooster Group ranks among the most influential groups in post-dramatic theater. The ensemble’s work is also characterized by collaborations with renowned international actors, performers and designer.
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