Perry Hoberman
Denial Clinic
2009, stereographic/audio performance
Saturday, Nov 21, 8:30pm
Venue: Mocap, IDS

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In Denial Clinic, Perry Hoberman, accompanied by stereoscopic projections, performs a cycle of original songs about technology and self-deception. A loose narrative thread ranges from the Big Bang to the Heat Death of the universe, touching on such topics as time machines, online survillance, telepathic possession, crumbling infrastructure and the usual disfunctional relationships. Singing and playing in front of a stereoscopic projection screen, Hoberman is surrounded by three-dimensional characters, objects, drawings and animations - a live performer embedded in a eccentric virtual space. Hoberman's songs occupy a narrow emotional gamut: from the slightly bleak but hilarious to the despondent but mildly amusing. The songs are accompanied by stereoscopic projections, including images and animations of additional musicians and backup vocalists (including clones of Hoberman himself), as well as a variety of noisy objects. By combining physical and virtual elements, the performance conjures up a hybrid space that revels in its own indeterminate state of perceptual chaos, narrative confusion, and emotional mayhem.


Perry Hoberman is an installation and performance artist who has exhibited widely in museums and galleries throughout the USA and Europe. Hoberman works with a variety of new media and old, worn-out media, and has received fellowships from the Guggenheim and Rockefeller Foundations. He is an Associate Research Professor in the Interactive Media Division of the School of Cinematic Arts at the University of Southern California, where he is currently heading up an initiative to establish a school-wide Center for Stereoscopic Imaging.

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