Created by Early Morning Opera
Written and directed by Lars Jan
Eccentric techno-futurologist Paul Abacus (who may or may not be the fabricated alter-ego of artist Lars Jan) presents his multimedia talking tour of our hyper-networked world to come. Flanked by balletic Steadicam operators and a giant panda, our elusive prophet walks us through a lecture that’s part TED talk, part televangelism, part new performance frontier, in the name of a world without borders. Predicated on the imminent collapse of both the nation-state and our current screen age, ABACUS is a dark roller-coaster ride through experience design, experimental comedy, and the underbelly of big data.
Video, scenic, and software design by Pablo N. Molina
Visualization software and data narrative design by James N. Sears and Jonathan Cousins
Music, sound, and software design by Nathan Ruyle
Lighting design by Christopher Kuhl
Commissioned by EMPAC / Experimental Media and Performing Arts Center, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Troy, NY