Originally from the New Orleans area, with a B.S. in Communication Studies and Psychology from Louisiana State University, Sam is currently working on a PhD in the Speech Communications Department at Southern Illinois University, with a strong emphasis on Performance Studies.
Some current interests are REMIX CULTURE, Critical Performance Scholarship and Praxis, Digital Performance, New Media Production, The Digital Humanities, Performance Art, Generative Art, Disability Studies, Cognitive Psychology, Sensory and Perception Research, Avant Garde Film, Cultural Studies, and Cyberculture.
Alas, a Lag, a Load! Digital media enrich our world, frustrate the bejesus out of us, and change the way we think about reality. Using sound, video, and movement, this show explores the endearing ways glitching has infected our everyday lives.
There is nothing original; there is no progress. There is only anarchy. Using oral histories and auto/biographies from the early American punk movement, this show attempts to tease out an aesthetic trajectory starting with futurism, moving through punk rock, and ending up in our current new media environment, particularly interested in how aesthetic commitments emerge again and again, as a refrain, with different presentations, strategies, and methods. Check out the Blog for the Show at: ahistoryofnofuture.tumblr.com
Recent Shows Directed:
Try This @ Home: An Experiment in Remix Culture,
Technical Assistant: Nichole Nicholson
Borrowing, sampling, memes, Hip Hop, collage, bricolage, and mash-up! This show is an investigation of the aesthetic practice of remix culture in the digital age. The cast, along with contributing artists, will collectively explore the artistic, ethical, and legal issues of what it means to be (re)producing and (re)performing culture at a time when practices of remix are both highly popular and highly debated.Beautiful Creatures,
This cast-created show explores using new media devising techniques, with a script developed out of the casts' experiences creating digital avatars in chat rooms and blog posts. Thematically, this show is about each cast member's relationship with mental illness, and in the devising process, we've used these avatars to work with and through these experiences.
Looking to Travel:
Meme-ology Lessons 1 & 2:,
(Recently Performed at Georgia College State University)
Co-performer: Nichole Nicholson
running time: 1 hr.
A two-part performance art piece which explores the relationship between digital media/culture and
embodiment in terms of the collaborative and rhizomatic production of internet memes (viral jokes, phrases, images, or videos)
which are spread peer-to-peer via digital technologies.
Our performance uses mediated and “live” movement performance to engage
with this phenomenon, matching form and content via remix aesthetics
and surrealist juxtaposition. The first part of the performance is
meant primarily as an introduction to the form and language; the
second part attempts to engage with and respond to
internet memes that participate in larger oppressive discourses.
If you are interested in bringing this to your Performance Studies program, just send us a message with the form on the "About" page. We just need a projector, an audience, a theatre, and a time, and we'll provide the performance.