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Emerging: Latitude 14 (NYC)

Latitude 14 provides a framework for the artist-driven projects of its affiliates. These include its founders: Christina Campanella (composer/performer), Mallory Catlett (director & dramaturg), Stephanie Fleischmann (writer), and Peter Norrman (video artist & filmmaker), who began working together in 2005, and were quickly joined by Chris Lee (singer & writer), Jesse Hawley (performer), Mirit Tal (media designer), Miranda Hardy (lighting designer), Matt Verta-Ray (musician/visual artist), Jeremy Wilson (audio engineer & sound designer), and collaborating artists Sam Baker (multiinstrumentalist), Jim Findlay (set designer), Erich Schoen-Rene (cellist), and Maedhbh Mc Cullagh (producer).

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Red Fly/Blue Bottle is Latitude 14’s second project to reach fruition. The first was Tinder, a 30-minute live-art/video installation, which premiered at the EXIT Festival in Creteil, March, 2009. Red Fly/Blue Bottle was developed via a three-year residency at HERE Arts Center, as well as residencies at Gertrude Stein Repertory’s Digital Performance Institute, Lower Manhattan Cultural Council’s Swing Space, The Chocolate Factory (Long Island City) and Chashama. Excerpts and works-in-progress have been presented at HERE, The Chocolate Factory, Prelude ’07, BRIC and PS 122’s Avant-Gardarama. The full production premiered at HERE Arts Center April 8–May 2, 2009, and was featured at the Noorderzon Performing Arts Festival (Groningen, NL) in August 2009.

Latitude 14 has received support from the Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation, New York State Music Fund, NYSCA Individual Artists program (Film, Media and New Technology Production and Theater commissioning), the Greenwall Foundation, the Tobin Foundation, the David Bohnett Foundation, American Music Center, Meet the Composer, Experimental Television Center, and numerous individuals.

In Performance:

January 8-9, 2010
Here Arts Center

An idiosyncratic song cycle about departure and return and the ephemeral nature of insects. To create Tinder, Latitude 14 recontextualized eight songs from Red Fly/Blue Bottle, their spectacularly received multimedia event that bridged concert, cabinet of curiosities, and video installation. Veering between the miniature and larger than life, high-tech and low, absolute restraint and deep reserves of emotion, Tinder melds a street-busking sensibility with high art to deliver richly layered songs and spellbinding video.

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Caden Manson is a director, media artist, and teacher. He is co-founder of the media ensemble and network, blog, and publisher, He has co-created, directed, video- and set designed 18 Big Art Group productions. Manson has shown video installations in Austria, Germany, NYC, and Portland; performed PAIN KILLER in Berlin, Singapore and Vietnam; Taught in Berlin, Rome, Paris, Montreal, NYC, and Bern; the ensemble has been co-produced by the Vienna Festival, Festival d’Automne a Paris, Hebbel Am Ufer, Rome’s La Vie de Festival, PS122, and Wexner Center for The Arts. Caden is a 2001 Foundation For Contemporary Art Fellow, is a 2002 Pew Fellow and a 2011 MacDowell Fellow. Writing has been published in PAJ, Theater Magazine, and Theater der Zeit. Caden is currently an associate professor and graduate directing option coordinator of The John Wells Directing Program at Carnegie Mellon University’s School of Drama.

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