Inspired by meditations on horror films, the work of Antonin Artaud, and Ardunio open-source electronics, Radiohole’s Inflatable Frankenstein is a visually and sonically driven performance based on Mary Shelley’s early life and her novel Frankenstein.
Arising from a world of gods and monsters (and thousands of Walmart and Price Chopper grocery bags) is a desecration too terrible to behold and too beautiful to turn away from, leading to an improbable question: what is it like to be a metaphor for everything?
The project was supported by EMPAC’s 2012 production residency. The video above documents that process, sort of.
Radiohole is a Brooklyn-based performance collective founded in 1998 by Erin Douglass, Eric Dyer, Maggie Hoffman, and Scott Halvorsen Gillette. At the heart of the company’s ethic is collaboration and play. Their cut-up techniques; rich object oriented visual sense; amplified, sampled sound; and raw, energetic performance style owe as much to the Punk and New Wave movements of the ‘70s and ‘80s as to any formal theatrical tradition. One of New York’s preeminent and most rigorous experimental ensembles, The Drama Review described Radiohole as “the quintessential American performance group.” In 2009, the group received the Spalding Gray Award in recognition of their achievements.
Radiohole began by performing in basements and bars around Brooklyn and the Lower East Side. Since then, the company has toured nationally and internationally. In 2000, the group co-founded the Collapsable Hole, a rehearsal and performance venue in Williamsburg, Brooklyn. The Collapsable Hole is Radiohole’s artistic home and the base for its Associated Hole Program, which fosters the work of a wide range of innovative artists through space grants and performance presentations. Artists that have participated in the Associated Hole Program include Elevator Repair Service, Banana Bag & Bodice, Joseph Silovsky, Big Dance Theater, and Young Jean Lee’s Theater Company, among others.
Evelyn’s Café will open at 7 PM with a full menu of meals, snacks, and beverages as well as a selection of wines. Service continues after the performance. Parking is available in the Rensselaer parking lot on College Avenue.