Revisit a multimedia concert by visionary guitarist and composer Kaki King.
Were you there? DATA NOT FOUND is a gripping meditation on the data we live with, and the data we leave behind by composer, guitarist, and performance artist Kaki King, hailed by Rolling Stone as “a genre unto herself”.
In DATA NOT FOUND, King reimagines her guitar to immerse the audience in a world that is both sonic and visual. Inspired by elements of nature, DATA NOT FOUND incorporates lush, often responsive technical theater and projection work, using the stage as a canvas. The piece invites the audience to contemplate the nature of love, loss, alienation and rebirth, and how we as humans attempt to create meaning from the vast endless patterns of our world.
Featuring King’s virtuosic musicianship punctuated by sparse, theatrical monologue, DATA NOT FOUND offers highly personal and poetic storylines that serve as an elegy to the traces of things that are lost, and found.
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composer and guitarist Kaki King is considered one of the world’s greatest living guitarists, known both for her technical mastery and for her constant quest to push the boundaries of the instrument. In 2015 Kaki launched “The Neck is a Bridge to the Body”, a groundbreaking multimedia performance that used her guitar as projection screen to explore the genesis of the instrument and her relationship to it as well as her own origin story. The show toured extensively throughout North America, Europe, Australia, Turkey, Japan and Brazil, marking her first foray into multimedia and experimental theater.
Kaki has released 9 albums over the past 14 years and toured extensively all over the world, presenting her work in such prestigious arts centers as the Kennedy Center, MoMA, LACMA, The Met and Smithsonian Design Museum. She has created music for numerous film and TV soundtracks, including “August Rush” and Sean Penn’s “Into the Wild”, for which received a Golden Globe nomination for Best Original Score. In addition to her solo work she has performed with symphonies and chamber ensembles, including the Detroit Symphony Orchestra and string quartet Ethel, and recorded an album in collaboration with the Porta Girevole Chamber Orchestra commissioned by the Berklee College of Music.
Max Bernstein was born in Buffalo, NY where he received his BA in Media Study with a concentration in film and video production, from the University at Buffalo. Bernstein also received an MFA in film production and studio art from the University of Colorado at Boulder. He has worked and toured as a technical artist with the Wooster Group, and as a video and sound designer with Michelle Ellsworth, Kaki King, Cindy Kleine, Aynsley Vandenbroucke, Sam Kim, Morgan Gould, and Ondine Geary. In addition, he is one half of the piano harp duo Outlier, a founding member of media art performance group the Flinching Eye Collective, a video artist for Friends Of The Tank, drummer and video designer for the band Eupana, composer and sound engineer at Tribal Studio, a lifelong multi-instrumentalist, and a Scuba Diver. Bernstein is currently a Lecturer for the Department of Film, Dance, and Theater in the Arizona State University Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts.
Bobby McElver is a Sound Designer working with technology, spatial audio, and music in the performing arts. He specializes in the intersection of performers and technology, designing responsive and interactive systems for experimental theater and dance. He has recently been in residency at EMPAC, developing spatial audio content and presenting on techniques using Wave Field Synthesis. He was a company member of The Wooster Group from 2011-2016. Other collaborators include Andrew Schneider, Faye Driscoll, NYC Players, Half Straddle, Young Jean Lee, Palissimo, Erin Markey. Nominated for a 2015 BESSIE. Bobbymcelver.com
Ryan Seelig is a lighting and production designer, theater artist, and production manager based in NYC. He is a 2009 honors graduate of Fordham University who has been working freelance in the entertainment industry for the past decade. Ryan has worked with renowned theater companies The Wooster Group, Young Jean Lee’s Theater Company, Elevator Repair Service, Ensemble Studio Theatre, Abrons Arts Center, and frequently collaborates with auteurs including Michelle Ellsworth, Becca Blackwell, Morgan Gould, and more. See Ryan’s work at www.ryanseelig.com
CHLOE ALEXANDRA THOMPSON
Chloe Alexandra Thompson is a sound designer and artist who composes works of sonic minimalism using audio programming software, and acoustic instruments. Focused on live performance and spatial intervention, Thompson engineers multi-channel interplays of psycho-acoustics, live processed field recordings, and isolated frequencies. Fascinated by digital technology’s seemingly endless possibilities for experimentation, Thompson routinely collaborates with other artists to explore new avenues for electronic creation.
Thompson is formerly the Director of Technology at Portland media arts center Open Signal; presently she is working with artists to create atmospheric environments through manipulation of source and space. She is working with wave field synthesis as an associate of sound designer Bobby McElver.
Born and raised in Chile, Attilio is a performer, theater-maker, technology artist, and video game designer. Part of the inaugural class of New York University Abu Dhabi, his work explores the intersection between game design, interactive technologies, and live performance. He was an Associate Artist with Theater Mitu, where he performed in and developed productions like Hamlet/UR-Hamlet, the world tour of Juárez: A Documentary Mythology, Death of a Salesman at BAM, and their newest pieces, Remnant and Grapefruit. Attilio has performed, researched, and taught around the world, including countries such as Poland, Egypt, Lebanon, India, Japan, Italy, Cuba, Djibouti, the UAE and the US. As a technologist, he headed video and technology design for shows at ACT, Phoenix Theatre Ensemble, Mason Gross School of the Arts, and The Juilliard School. Attilio is the artistic director of GLITCH, an interdisciplinary arts company, and is also an Associate Producer at Theatre C.
Annie Dorsen is a writer and director working across the fields of theatre, film, dance, and algorithmic performance. Her most recent project, INFINITE SUN (2019), premiered at the Sharjah Biennial 14. Previous projects, including THE GREAT OUTDOORS (2017), YESTERDAY TOMORROW (2015), A PIECE OF WORK (2013) and HELLO HI THERE (2010), have been widely presented in the US and internationally. The script of A PIECE OF WORK was published by Ugly Duckling Presse, and she has contributed essays for The Drama Review, Theatre Magazine, Etcetera, Frakcija, and Performing Arts Journal (PAJ). She is the co-creator of the 2008 Broadway musical PASSING STRANGE, which she also directed. In addition to awards for PASSING STRANGE, Dorsen received a 2018 Guggenheim Fellowship, a 2016 Foundation for Contemporary Arts Grant to Artists Award, the 2014 Herb Alpert Award for the Arts in Theater, and a 2008 OBIE Award. She is a Visiting Professor in Theater and Performance Studies at the University of Chicago. She is a 2019 MacArthur Fellow.
Anne Washburn’s plays include 10 out of 12, Antlia Pneumatica, Apparition, The Communist Dracula Pageant, A Devil At Noon, I Have Loved Strangers, The Internationalist, The Ladies, Little Bunny Foo Foo, Mr. Burns, Shipwreck, The Small, an adaption of The Twilight Zone, and transadaptations of Euripides’ Orestes & Iphigenia in Aulis. Her work has premiered with 13P, Actors Theater of Louisville, The Almeida, American Repertory Theatre, Cherry Lane Theatre,
Classic Stage Company, Clubbed Thumb, The Civilians, Dixon Place, Ensemble Studio Theater, The Folger, Playwrights Horizons, Soho Rep, Two River Theater Company, Vineyard Theater and Woolly Mammoth. Honors include a Guggenheim, a Whiting, an Alpert Award, a PEN/Laura Pels award for artist in mid-career and residencies at MacDowell and Yaddo.
Founded in 2005 by Gabriel Asfour (b. Lebanon), Angela Donhauser (b. U.S.S.R) and Adi Gil (b. Israel), the threeASFOUR collective has built a legacy of fusing cutting-edge technology with traditional craftsmanship to create clothing at the intersection of fashion and art. Drawing their core aesthetic from the universal languages of sacred geometry, threeASFOUR is devoted to the creative exploration of themes of consciousness and cultural coexistence. In 2015, threeASFOUR were the recipients of the Cooper-Hewitt Museum’s National Design Award. Their work has been in more than two dozen exhibitions including the Met Costume Institute; Museum of Fine Art, Boston; Brooklyn Museum; Jewish Museum; Museum at FIT; V&A Museum; The Garage, Moscow; and the Museo Nacional Bellas Artes de Cuba. threeASFOUR have collaborated with numerous artists and musicians. including Björk (2011), Yoko Ono (2009) and Matthew Barney (2007), as well as brands such as the GAP (2007) and Kate Spade (2005).
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DATA NOT FOUND is a joint co-commission made possible by the The Arts Center at NYU Abu Dhabi; International Festival of Arts & Ideas, New Haven, CT; the Moss Arts Center at Virginia Tech; ARTS@TECH at Georgia Tech; Krannert Center for the Performing Arts at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign; and Ovation Guitars. Developmental support provided by MASS MoCA. Technical support provided by POTION Design.
Special thanks to: Bill Bragin, Madison Cairo, Chad Herzog, Diane Eber, John Maeda, Giorgia Lupi
- Created by and Starring Kaki King
- Directed by Annie Dorsen
- Production Designer/Video Designer: Max Bernstein
- Sound Designer: Bobby McElver
- Lighting Designer: Ryan Seelig
- Associate Sound Designer: Chloe Alexandra Thompson
- Text by Kaki King, Anne Wasburn, and Annie Dorsen
- Data Visualization: Giorgia Lupi
- Wardrobe by: threeASFOUR
- Produced by: Greg Kastelman and Vickie Starr