The Post-Dramatic I: Dreams That Money Can Buy

December 07, 2010

Dreams That Money Can Buy is the first in a series of studio performances realized by the Graduate Program in Fine Arts in collaborations with the CCA Wattis Institute for Contemporary Arts.

Timken Lecture Hall, SF Campus

An evening of theater by:

Binta Afoyemi
Marissa Botelho
Liam Everett
Bean Gilsdorf
Robert Gomez
Jens Hoffmann
Nancy Nowacek
Cassie Thornton
Natasha Wheat

The play uses Hans Richter's 1947 film Dreams that Money Can Buy, described by the director as "a film of dreams mixed with reality," as a point of departure for a series of dream performances. In the film, Richter's seven collaborates (including John Cage, Alexander Calder, Marcel Duchamp, Mark Ernst, Fernand Leger, and Man Ray), each produced a channel of dream content: a 10-minute subversion of postwar fantasies, aspirations, and attention, an early post-modern mash-up of Surrealist figure, department stores, romance, card games, backrooms, banter, anxiety, difference, change, and desire.

In this presentation, each participating artist has generated a contemporary dream sequence with the aim to mirror and subvert popular modes of fantasy, loss, spectacle, and desire in contemporary culture.

The project suggests a space between theatre, performance, and conceptual art practices of language, play, and form. As a conceptual strategy, the Post-Dramatic decenters the privileged modes of story, plot and character to examine a space between performance, text, and artwork of the everyday.