Hop@Home: Miwa Matreyek
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Miwa Matreyek

On Animation, Live Performance and the Climate Crisis
August 12

An animated exploration of the conflict between humans and nature.

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Los Angeles-based animator, designer and performer Miwa Matreyek blurs the boundaries of theater and film by interacting with her animations as a shadow silhouette. Matreyek will showcase excerpts from two of her latest works This World Made Itself and Infinitely Yours, dreamlike meditations on the history of the earth and the climate catastrophe. She will be joined by Jodie Mack, Dartmouth Professor of Film and Media Studies, to discuss her unique approach to animation and the urgency of climate change. We encourage you to ask questions in the live chat.

About Miwa Matreyek

Miwa Matreyek comes from an animation background by way of collage. Through live interaction with her animations, she explores the "cinematic and theatrical, fantastical and tangible, illusionistic and physical." Miwa has performed her interdisciplinary shadow performances all around the world at venues and events such as TED, MOMA, Lincoln Center, Sundance New Frontier, Future of Storytelling conference, Exploratorium, Adler Planetarium, ISEA conference, Meta.Morph (Norway), Anima Mundi (Brazil) and Carnegie Museum of Natural History. She is a co-founder and core-collaborator of the multimedia theater company, Cloud Eye Control and the recipient of multiple honors such as the Sherwood Award (2016), Creative Capital Award (2013), Princess Grace Award (2007) and Princess Grace Foundation's Special Projects Award (2009, 2012).

This World Made Itself
This multimedia performance work is a surreal reading of a children's encyclopedia. In this visual and musical journey through the history of the earth, Matreyek details the universe's epic beginnings to the complex world of humanity. Watch the short performance reel here.

Infinitely Yours
An earth overflowing with trash. A person drowning in a plastic-filled ocean. A school of fish caught in a trawling net. These emotional, embodied illustrations depict the news headlines we see every day about the climate catastrophe and the Anthropocene. Matreyek uses her signature technique of layered projections to explore the complex harm humanity causes the world and what it means for us to be living in this changing world. Watch the short performance reel here.

This event occurred as part of the 20/21 Hop@Home season. This is an archived view.

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