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Elliot Reed: Ant
January 11 - January 12
January 11th + 12th 2019 12pm – 12am
Ant is a new project by Elliot Reed. 45 performers create a film in private. The resulting multi-cam footage is projected in the same room, January 11th + 12th 12pm – 12am
Ant is inspired by the mathematics concept Langton’s Ant. Langton’s Ant proves that a set of repeated, simple instructions reveals a complex pattern after many repetitions. This is an abstract machine. Actors navigate each other with written prompts, each individual reacting to a secret motivation. All directing, rehearsal, and subsequent actions are filmed in real time. Any props or detritus from the shoot will be left exactly as is, leaving a physical memory of private action. Potential is a word that comes to mind. Knowing, believing, and understanding that something powerful is present, but somehow just out of reach. The viewer will recognize their body in relationship to the venue, and in somatic response to the performers on screen. Elliot Reed will be present noon to midnight January 11th and 12th, reading an original poem every hour. A printed collection of these poems titled Ant will be available for purchase.