The New Obsolete is Invisible thinking out loud about obsolescence in technology and the human body. The performance unfolds in a landscape of outmoded consumer devices, elaborate sound-making inventions, video monitors, projections and four human elements.
At the center of the composition is a professional typist, whose words are transposed into sound by the Selectric Piano, an electromechanical adaptor that turns each letter typed into a note played on a piano. A tiny video camera mounted on the typewriter allows the text to be projected, adding the written word to the audio and visual experience.
The New Obsolete is also the debut performance for Invisible’s newest invention, a ten foot tall contraption that uses dripping water and human heartbeats to control mechanical instruments. For the sake of nostalgia, Invisible chooses to include guitars, keyboards, cymbals and other obsolescing sound technologies.
Between showdates, Invisible’s instruments will remain on display alongside continuous projections of work from local and international video artists. This multifaceted event would not have been plausible without the genius and energy of Anomaly Inc. The New Obsolete was produced with support by the North Carolina ArtsCouncil and partnering arts councils of the Central Piedmont Regional Artists Hub Program.
- Saturday, Feb 11th with Strange Beauty Film Festival: A Primer
- Friday, Feb 17th with Microcephalic Superintendent
- Saturday, Feb 18th with Felix Obelix
- Friday, Feb 24th with Tom Merrigan
- Saturday, Feb 25th with Cantwell, Gomez and Jordan
8pm - Openers
8:30pm - Invisible