BRING IT! Performance Art Series with Miwa Matreyek

To kick off ZERO1's BRING IT! Performance Art Series we are excited to present a one night intimate performance of This World Made Itself and Myth and Infrastructure by Miwa Matreyek. Internationally recoginzed, Miwa Matreyek is an animator, designer, and multimedia artist based in Los Angeles. In her projection based performances, animation takes on a more physical and present quality, while body and space take on a more fantastical quality, creating an experience that is both cinematic and theatrical. Matreyek will be performing a multimedia live performance work combining projected animation and the artist's own shadow silhouette as she interacts with the fantastical world of the video. Doors open at 7:45, performance will be from 8:00pm-9:00pm. Seating is limited purchase your here tickets today! 

“Multimedia artist Miwa Matreyek turns her silhouetted self into a virtual Mobius strip for a breathtaking array of variegated animation styles…magical. The sheer breadth of the imagery…is unlike anything you've seen before” – Los Angeles Times


This World Made Itself (30 min) is a multimedia live performance work combining projected animation and the artist's own shadow silhouette as she interacts with the fantastical world of the video, merging film and theater to create something that is its own kind of spectacle. This World Made Itself is a visually and musically-rich journey through the history of the earth, from the universe's epic beginnings to the complex world of humans. The piece is at once semi-scientific (like flipping through a children's encyclopedia), and emotional and dream-like rich in surrealism, metaphor, and fantasy. This World Made Itself was completed in late 2013, and premiered at the Wexner Center for the Arts in Columbus, Ohio. Since then it has been shown at Sundance Film Festival, REDCAT (Los Angeles), Fusebox Festival (Austin), Flatpack Film Festival (UK), and Future Everything (UK) among other places.

This World Made Itself is made with support from Creative Capital and Princess Grace Foundation Special Project Grant.


Myth and Infrastucture (17 min) is a live performance with projected animation. The artist's shadow is constantly present in this piece from beginning to end - sometimes in semi close-up and sometimes as a full figure - as the world around her shifts and transforms. Her shadow becomes an integral part of her own fantastical animation worlds, as she traverses oceanscapes, cityscapes, and domestic spaces to conjure dreamlike scenes with light and shadow.

This piece was premiered at TED Global 2010 in Oxford, England, and have since toured internationally to various festivals, theaters, and schools. Some of these include ISEA Conference (Albuquerque, NM), Anima Mundi (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil), New Frontiers at Sundance FIlm Festival (Park City, UT), Exploratorium (San Francisco, CA), TBA festival (Portland, OR), Theatre de la Cité (Paris, France), Vimeo festival (NY, NY), among many more. 

Myth and Infrastucture was created in 2010 with Special Projects Grant by Princess Grace Foundation, Seed Grant by Under the Radar Festival and the Association of Performing Arts Presenters. Original music by Anna Oxygen, Caroline, and Mileece and additional music by Mirah.

*Images and videos courtesy of the artist.

More about Miwa Matreyek

Miwa Matreyek is an internationally recognized animator, designer, and multimedia artist based in Los Angeles. She creates animated short films as well as live works that integrate animation, performance, and video installation. Arriving to animation from a background in collage, her work explores how animation transforms when it is combined with body, both physically in her performance pieces, as well as a composited video element in her short films. She is interested in the slippery meeting point of cinema and theater/performance, the moments of convergence where fantastical illusions are created, and the moments of divergence where the two struggles against each other. 

Past presentations include TEDGlobal (UK), Sundance Film Festival, Wexner Center for the Arts, REDCAT, ISEA, Theatre de la Cité (France), the Exploratorium, EXIT festival, Fusebox Festival, S8 (Spain), Animasivo (Mexico) and more. Matreyek received her MFA (2007) in Experimental Animation and Integrated Media at the California Institute of the Arts. She is one of the founding-members and core-collaborator of Cloud Eye Control. Matreyek is a recipient of the Creative Capital grant for Performing Arts in 2013. She is also a recipient of the Princess Grace Award for film (2007) as well as subsequent Special Project awards from the Princess Grace Foundation.



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