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Digital Residency: Brian Lobel & Friends

Performance artist Brian Lobel, who, along with artists Gweneth-Ann Rand, Allyson Devenish, and Naomi Felix, will playfully interrogate the idea of failure…

…in art, in life, in public, and in private through an extension of his 2015 performance piece, 24 Italian Songs and Arias. Audiences will be invited to upload recordings of themselves singing from the collection of well-known songs after which Lobel’s work was named, ultimately curating a uniquely crowd-sourced digital performance archive. The residency will also examine bodily experience, illness, marginalization, and vulnerability.

Residency Support

Supporting Sponsors
Julia Darlow and John O’Meara
Anne and Paul Glendon

Patron Sponsors
Stephen and Rosamund Forrest
Beverley and Gerson Geltner
Susan and Richard Gutow
James and Nancy Stanley

Funded in part by
UMS Sustaining Directors

Community Foundation for Southeast Michigan

About the Artists

Theater and performance artist Brian is an artist and scholar who attended the University of Michigan and is now based in the UK. He came to prominence as a performance artist in 2003 with his monologue piece BALL, which reflected on a cancer diagnosis in his 20s. Since that time, he has performed at the Sydney Opera House, the National Theatre, and Harvard Medical School, exploring the intersections of health, illness, disability, and medical research. His most recent work includes BINGE, a one-on-one performance that takes the solitary experience of binge-watching television shows and transforming it into an opportunity to figure out where we are and how to connect; 24 Italian Songs and Arias, which explores personal and professional failure; and Fun with Cancer Patients, which provides participants an opportunity to reflect on their unique experiences and wisdom.

Lobel’s unique biography and life experiences will lead to a further exploration of marginalization and vulnerability, the impact or intimate stories mixed with grander public narratives, and failure. For his UMS residency, Brian’s collaborators are the British soprano Gweneth-Ann Rand, the Canadian musical director and recitalist Allyson Devenish, and the British contralto Naomi Felix. Collectively, they will create a digital archive featuring video recordings of each of the 24 Italian Songs and Arias sung by a diverse array of singers who also share their own experiences of failure.

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Meet the full Digital Artist Residency cohort:

Wendell Pierce | Tarek Yamani & Spektral Quartet | Tunde Olaniran | Cleo Parker Robinson | Brian Lobel & Friends | Joyce DiDonato

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