Interactive Media Artist Andrew Schneider's Visually Arresting NERVOUS/SYSTEM Makes Its World Premiere At BAM
NERVOUS/SYSTEM is a live theater performance by Obie winner Andrew Schneider and recurring collaborators that integrates video mapping, innovative lighting, and 3D sound spatialization to reveal everyday human narratives hidden in plain sight. The third project in a triptych of new performance works following YOUARENOWHERE (2016 Coil Festival) and AFTER (2018 Under the Radar festival),
NERVOUS/SYSTEM continues Schneider's signature rapid-fire existential meditations using physics, pop culture references, and personal revelations to dissect subjects ranging from quantum mechanics to parallel universes to missed connections to AA recovery steps. Using an array of complex visual and aural effects to produce a fluid, shifting landscape of sensory overload, NERVOUS/SYSTEM becomes a live cartography of the self/human brain, pulling the frame way back and examining our relationship to the systems around (and between) us.
Andrew Schneider is an award-winning performer, writer, and interactive-electronics artist creating original works for theater, video, and installation since 2003. Schneider creates and performs original performance works, builds interactive electronic art works and installations, and was a Wooster Group company member from 2007-14. Rooted at the intersection of performance and technology, Schneider's work critically investigates our need for perpetual connection to an always-on world. His pieces include: YOUARENOWEHRE (2015 OBIE award and 2016 Drama Desk (nominee); DANCE/FIELD (2014 Dance Roulette); TIDAL (2013 River to River Festival); WOW+FLUTTER (2010, Chocolate Factory Theater); AVANT-GARDE-ARAMA! (2005-13, PS 122); PLEASURE (2009, ISSUE Project Room); and resident artist at LEMURplex in 2006.
Schneider creates wearable, interactive electronic art works that have been featured in Artforum and Wired. He is a recurring collaborator with The TEAM, Heather Christian, Lars Jan/Early Morning Opera, Hotel Savant, Fischerspooner, Kelela, and AVAN LAVA. His off-broadway designs include Dolphins and Sharks at the Labyrinth Theater; Small Mouth Sounds at Ars Nova and the Signature Theatre; and Roosevelvis at the Vineyard Theatre.