The Living Newspaper is an interactive workshop conducted by Liz Magic Laser where participants discussed and recreated images from current news topics. The Living Newspaper was inspired by agitprop street theater developed in early Soviet Russia, which was imported to the Broadway stage during the Great Depression as part of the United States government’s Federal Theatre Project. Recently, theater practitioners including the late Brazilian director Augusto Boal have developed their own live news. Drawing upon these historic incarnations of the living newspaper, as well as therapeutic and market research techniques, Laser’s workshop is part of an ongoing project to address the role of empathy in the public understanding of current events.
Sat, Dec 12, 20152:00 pm to 4:00 pm
Liz Magic Laser is a video and performance artist based in Brooklyn, New York. Her videos and performances intervene in semi-public spaces such as bank vestibules, movie theaters and newsrooms, and have involved collaborations with actors, surgeons, political strategists and motorcycle gang members. She earned an MFA from Columbia University (2008); and she attended the Whitney Museum Independent Study Program (2009). She has had recent solo exhibitions at Mercer Union, Toronto (2015); Wilfried Lentz, Rotterdam, the Netherlands (2015); Various Small Fires, Los Angeles (2015); Paula Cooper Gallery, New York (2013) the Westfälischer Kunstverein, Münster, Germany (2013); DiverseWorks, Houston, Texas (2013); and Mälmo Konsthall, Mälmo, Sweden (2012). Her work has also been exhibited at Lisson Gallery, London (2013); the Moscow Museum of Modern Art (2012); the Performa 11 Biennial, New York (2011); the Biennial of Graphic Arts, Ljubljana, Slovenia (2011); and MoMA PS 1, New York (2010). Laser is the recipient of grants from Alfried Krupp von Bohlen und Halbach Foundation (2013), the Southern Exposure Off-Site Graue Award (2013), New York Foundation for the Arts Fellowship (2012) and the Franklin Furnace Fund for Performance Art (2010).