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SILENCE & DARKNESS

Written and directed by Kirby Malone

Cyburbia Productions SILENCE & DARKNESS, a live movie for the cell phone age by Kirby Malone, and passages from Jean Baudrillard, Guy Debord, and Heiner Müller.

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Time Traveler Zero Zero by Kirby Malone
With multiple video projections, a cast of eight singer-actors, and an eight-piece band, Time Traveler Zero Zero presents an apocalyptic critique of consumer culture, and a chilling vision of a near-future dystopia brought about by a growing police state. A team of more than twenty multimedia artists created state-of-the-art animations and video montages for the innovative scenography which depicts time travel and the worlds of 1975, 2000, 2015 and 2036, in this tale of John Titor, a mysterious figure who posted voluminously on the Internet for six months from late 2000 to early 2001. Was he a time traveler from thirty years in the future, or a hoax? Was he a crackpot or a prophet? Was he science fiction or living proof of the latest theories of quantum physics? With a score that features original songs and soundscapes, and also draws on a dialectical blend of industrial music, trip-hop, rap, country, opera and Bengali singing, Time Traveler Zero Zero is part rock opera, part hybrid cinematic/theatrical performance, designed to provoke thought, and provide listening and viewing pleasure, for young adult audiences of all ages.


AUTOBODIES Directed by Kirby Malone
In November 1999, MPS was one of the producers of AUTOBODIES: Digital Poetry Theater, a multimedia collaboration between fourteen Mason Writing Program graduate students and seventeen AVT graduate students. The AVT students were coordinated and led by Gail Scott White, and provided multimedia slide animations for poems and scripts by the writing students, who were coordinated by Jackie Donaldson of Mason’s Theater and English faculties.In addition, White collaborated on one sequence, "The Garden Shukkei-en," with poet and English professor Carolyn Forché. The stage show was directed by Kirby Malone, and was produced by Malone, Donaldson and White. Set and lighting design were by Kevin March, and sound design was by Martin Wright. AUTOBODIES played to four sold-out houses in AVT’s Fine Arts Gallery, which is sometimes converted to a performance space for occasions such as this. The cast of nine was made up of undergraduates from the Theater, English, Art Studio (AVT), Spanish and Individualized Studies Programs.

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IN THE BLINK OF AN EYE by Jane Franklin
During the summer of 2001, Gail Scott White collaborated with Jane Franklin, to provide multimedia design for a new dance work, In the Blink of an Eye, which premiered in a concert by Jane Franklin Dance at Dance Place in Washington DC in November. The work has subsequently become part of Jane Franklin Dance's touring repertoire.


MARISOL by José Rivera
Cyburbia Productions co-produced Trumpet Vine Theatre Company’s production, Marisol by José Rivera, which was staged at the Rosslyn Spectrum in Arlington VA in April 2000. Marisol, written by a Puerto Rican playwright in1992, is a tale of urban, millennial apocalypse. Trumpet Vine is one of the theater ensembles that are in residence at the Arlington Arts Council’s Gunston Art Center and the Spectrum theater. Kirby Malone and Gail Scott White worked as multimedia designers, in collaboration with a team of AVT undergraduate and MFA students, and the play’s director,Tom Mallan, to create a cinematic component of the production with full-stage, digital slide animation, depicting settings, character transformations, strange weather, and other special and peculiar effects. For this production, White also created a 3D model of the Rosslyn Spectrum and the set for Marisol.

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NAKED REVOLUTION conceived by Komar & Melamid
Throughout the first half of 2001, Kirby Malone and Gail Scott White worked with Russian artists Vitaly Komar and Alexander Melamid, and composer Dave Soldier, to plan an experimental multimedia staging of their opera NAKED REVOLUTION. This production played to three large audiences in the Harris Theatre, and garnered national press in the digital arts magazine ARTBYTE and a review in the Washington POST. The opera was performed by eighteen singers and an orchestra of eleven, interacting for seventy-minutes with full-stage digital video animation.


SILENCE & DARKNESS Workshop written and directed by Kirby Malone
Cyburbia Productions SILENCE & DARKNESS, a live movie for the cell phone age by Kirby Malone, with contributions from Jackie Donaldson, Marilyn Moran and Karen Rivera, and passages from Jean Baudrillard, Guy Debord, and Heiner Müller.

This multimedia production was performed in the Harris Theater, March 2001, in conjunction with a "Live Movies" course taught by Kirby Malone and Gail Scott White for Art and Visual Technology, George Mason University. It was first seen in a workshop production in 1999, in the Fine Arts Gallery, by sold-out houses. The work grew out of an AVT class in "Digital Theater" taught by Kirby Malone. The workshop also marked the formation of Malone and White’s performance and production company, Cyburbia Productions.

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SPLIT: Hive Mind by Kirby Malone and Gail Scott White
In November 2000, MPS worked with George Mason’s University Life and the AVT student group Artery to produce Halloween Beach Party on the lawn by the lake outside the Center for the Arts Concert Hall. The evening included music by Grommit, magic by Franz Paparozzi, food,hayrides, a haunted tower, outdoor sculpture and multimedia spectacle for the Mason community and the general public.

The outdoor event was a great success, drawing more than seven-hundred spectators and participants, and has now become an annual celebration. The featured event was an MPS project, SPLIT: Hive Mind by Kirby Malone and Gail Scott White with a live soundtrack composed and performed by the band Grommit.

 
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