Program / Space Festival

Heisenberg

May 16 & May 18, 2019

With 100 others share an augmented reality tour of the early universe and explore uncertainty, precision, and chaos together.

Participants start at the beginning of the universe and move through a series of matter/energy transformations, each emphasizing limits on personal understanding—a cue from particle physics and the game’s namesake, the Heisenberg uncertainty principle.

Written and Directed by Janani Balasubramanian
Composed by Tina Hanaé Miller
Musical Arrangements by Solomon Hoffman

Ensemble
Flute/Alto Flute/Clarinet/Bass Clarinet/Tenor Sax- Bill Todd, Oboe/English Horn/Flute/Clarinet/Alto Sax – Justin Vance, Trumpet – Brandon Bergeron, French Horn – Kyra Sims, Trombone – Mariel Bildsten, Violin – Kevin Kuh, Violin – Julia Danitz, Viola – Georgina Rossi, Cello – Susan Mandel, Bass – Nick Lenchner , Piano – David Kravitz, Harp – Lizzie No

Collaborator Profile

Janani Balasubramanian

Janani Balasubramanian is a writer, game designer, and immersive theater maker whose work has been presented at more than 160 stages across North America and Europe, including The Public Theater, MOMA, Abrons Arts Center, Andy Warhol Museum, Red Bull Arts, Ace Hotel, Brooklyn Museum, Asian American Writer’s Workshop, and the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Residency support for this work has included the National Endowment for the Arts, Public Theater Devised Theater Working Group, Abrons Arts Center, and Mount Tremper Arts. Balasubramanian is currently a 2018-2020 Van Lier fellow at the Public Theater as well as artist-in-residence with the brown dwarf astrophysics groupat the American Museum of Natural History. Current projects include Rogue Objects, a live audio game about a celestial object struggling with its consciousness; Harold and Okno, a Cold War era novel about an extraordinary friendship; and Night Chicken, a jazz musical about the double lives of farm animals.

Game participants wander and wonder as they listen to Janani’s instructions and musings. They look up to the sky, hold hands, dance, and laugh together.
Game participants wander and wonder as they listen to Janani’s instructions and musings. They look up to the sky, hold hands, dance, and laugh together.
Game participants wander and wonder as they listen to Janani’s instructions and musings. They look up to the sky, hold hands, dance, and laugh together.

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