The Long Now Foundation and Eve Sussman + Simon Lee

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“Naming Names” will investigate the act of naming through a theatrical and sonic performance connecting the Bay Area and Athens, Greece.

The Long Now Foundation is commissioning artists Eve Sussman and Simon Lee to create “Naming Names,” a theatrical and sonic event that investigates the act of naming. “Naming Names” will link the Bay Area to the ancient city of Athens, Greece through a series of performances that examines how human nature operates by changing not at the pace of technological advancement, but at the evolutionary rate of human emotion. Utilizing pre-recorded and live video, Athenian performers will engage in a call-and-response with their counterparts in the Bay Area, inviting audience participation through SADISS, a new smartphone platform developed by “Naming Names” composer Volkmar Klien that enables synchronized sonic events.

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