In Conversation with Reid Farrington

Thursday, November 12, 2015 at 5:00pm
CFA Hall


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New media artist, theater director, and designer Reid Farrington will be in conversation with R. Luke DuBois. Each of Mr. Farrington's projects is an exploration of contemporary ways of storytelling; combining mediated elements, live figures, and voices to tell stories. His signature style is the visual blending of live performances with projected characters and images.

Reid Farrington is fascinated by the intersection of contemporary technology and live performance. He is collaborating with curators and conservationists at the Metropolitan Museum of Art to tell the story of 
The Return of Tullio Lombardo’s sculpture of Adam to the gallery after it fell to the floor in 2002. This work is being developed at the New York University MAGNET center in Brooklyn, New York and will appear for a month long installation in the European Sculpture and Decorative Arts galleries in July 2015. Mr. Farrington is also collaborating with playwright Sara Farrington, his wife, on the development of CasablancaBox. This new work is an exploration into the creation ofCasablanca through the filter of an un-made documentary film recently discovered in the Warner Brothers archive. Mr. and Mrs. Farrington are both residence at the Here Arts Center. His most recent completed production Tyson vs. Ali, a hybrid theater/sports event, premiered as part of the Performance Space 122 Coil Festival in January 2014. Reid Farrington’s A Christmas Carol, which mixed live performers with video projected characters from 35 different film versions of the Charles Dickens classic tale, premiered at the Abrons Art Center in 2011, and was remounted in 2012. His directorial debut The Passion Project was based on the film The Passion of Joan of Arc and premiered at the PS/K2 Festival in Copenhagen, Denmark in 2007. His second work Gin & “It” was based on Alfred Hitchcock’s Rope and premiered at the Wexner Center for the Arts in 2010. His work has been shown in Copenhagen, Moscow, Paris, Berlin, Istanbul, Amsterdam, Melbourne, Brussels, Athens, Vancouver, Regina, and Columbus, Ohio.
Mr. Farrington currently works as an audio/visual technician at the Museum of Modern Art, where he helps facilitate artists, curators, and museum staff with the installation and implementation of audio/visual equipment museum-wide. This job gives him great satisfaction as it keeps him close to the arts, and helps him find balance living as an artist in New York City. 
From 2001 to 2008, Mr. Farrington was a technical artist for The Wooster Group, where he designed video and/or created hardware and software systems for the integration of video and sound for six of the company’s productions: HamletPoor TheaterTo You the Birdie!,Who's Your DADA!?House/Lights, and Brace Up!