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The Man Who Pictured Space From His Apartment

Cupola Bobber's 3rd evening length performance.

"Fiehn and Myers, palookas who seem to imagine they're in toe shoes, combine Goat Island's pedestrian repetition and Lucky Pierre's guileless clowning with Beckettian inertia; ...attempts to wrest profundity from their cardboard set prove endearingly futile until their world collapses in a coup de theatre of rare sublimity." -The Chicago Reader

With an eye on vaudeville, the night sky, and this note: "If I die, my knowledge may die with me", Cupola Bobber investigate the stars, the railroad, and their memories in a struggle to pinpoint something infinitely satisfying... a transcontinental railroad, a man on the moon, a Golden Record with all that is good on this earth shot at the stars.

Using an intricate web of lo-fi mechanics, they convert a confined interior into an expansive nightscape, a universe out of cardboard, with two small towers made from cardboard toy bricks. The space changes, tasks flow into each other, the light goes from bright to twilight to night... stars dancing together, dialogue that finds meaning in dozens of connecting threads, and resolution in the kind of beauty that makes you sigh.

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With an eye on vaudeville, the night sky, and this note: "If I die, my knowledge may die with me"*, TMWPSFHA investigates the stars, the railroad, and our memories in a struggle to pinpoint something infinitely satisfying. Imagining the possibilities implied by the sudden conquering of space through Buster Keaton's lens (a transcontinental railroad, a man on the moon, a railroad built to the stars), and building a universe (room) out of cardboard, we discover a beautiful moment built like a monument.

By mixing basic materials with homespun engineering, the duo tinker with reality by creating imagery that hangs between staged theatrics and the utterly familiar. Using an intricate tensely present web of lo-fi mechanics, they will covert a confined interior into an expansive nightscape, a universe out of cardboard. Height is something they achieve, breaking free, defying gravity to feel something new, different... to feel progress.

The narrative is there, the space changes, tasks flow into each other, the light goes from bright to twilight, to night, and stars dancing together, dialogue that finds meaning in the dozens of connecting threads left on the fringe of it's intention, and resolution in the kind of beauty that makes you sigh.

"The mind expects, and attends, and remembers, so that what it expects passes by way of what it attends to into what it remembers. Yet our attention does endure, and through our attention what is still to be makes its way into the state where it is no more." [St. Augustine, The Confessions]

*Simons, Sarah. No One May Ever Have The Same Knowledge Again, Letters To The Mount Wilson Observatory, Los Angeles, Society For the Diffusion of Useful Information Press, 1993

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Dates

CUE Art Foundation, New York, NY, February 2-3, 2007
Wally's Lounge (our studio): Chicago, IL (supported by Links Hall), November, 2007
Nuffield Theatre, Lancaster, UK, December, 2007
Wally's Lounge (our studio), Chicago, IL, October 2008
UK Tour, November 2008:

Manchester, GreenRoom
Coventry, Warwick Arts Centre
Bristol, Arnolfini
Exeter, Exeter Phoenix
Dartington, The Arts at Dartington
Leeds, Leeds Met
London, BAC

Frankfurt, Plateaux Festival, Künstlerhaus Mousonturm

UK tour was produced by Alice Booth, Projects and Artist Support Officer, Nuffield Theatre, Lancaster

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