Anti-Gone, Human Resources, Los Angeles, CA, 2019

Performance | 11-12 May 2019

Human Resources presents Theo Triantafyllidis’ debut feature-length performance, Anti-Gone, a sprawling experiment in 3D world-building, real-time simulation, interactivity and theatricality. Adapted from the eponymous graphic novel by Connor Willumsen, Triantafyllidis takes the idiosyncratic narrative and visual style of Anti-Gone as a platform to explore the possibilities and limitations of theatrical performance. As Triantafyllidis re-creates the world of Willumsen’s Anti-Gone as a series of 3D scenes, performers Matthew Doyle, Lindsey Normington and Zana Gankhyug embark on improvisational excursions in this mediated world. The performers explore dramatic tropes from absurdist theater to psychological realism and somatic awareness, while the game engine performs alongside them. The actors presence is augmented and complicated by virtual reality headsets, motion capture suits and audio DSP. Using these tools, Triantafyllidis directs and shapes the world that is being presented to both the performers and the audience in real time. Anti-Gone asserts theatricality as a new way of thinking fictionally, as real space is re-incorporated into a subjective game logic. This is a theater re-invigorated with new techniques for pleasure and play as the world outside simulates its own destruction…

In a post-climate change world, environmental catastrophe has become normalized. Cities are sunken, yet the vestiges of late-capitalist culture – consumerism, inequality, social unrest – live on, clinging like barnacles to the ruins of civilization. Spyda and Lynxa are a couple navigating this world frictionlessly. On their sailboat, they glide from shopping to movies to psychedelic drugs. In a damaged world where you can have anything you want, what’s the cost?

Duration: 3 acts, 60mins, no intermission
Human Resources LA
410 Cottage Home St, Los Angeles, CA 90012

Based on the original comic book by Connor Willumsen

Produced by Matthew Doyle
Starring Lindsey Normington, Zana Gankhuyag, Matthew Doyle
Lighting Design by Connor Childs
Sound by Jeffrey Alan Scudder
Production Assistant Polina Miliou
Special Thanks to Mari Spirito, Celia Hollander, Luke Fischbeck, Miller Klitsner

With the support of
Human Resources LA
UCLA, Design Media Arts
bitforms gallery

Tech Sponsors
Barco Projectors
Noitom MoCap