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Why I Went from the Visual Arts to Theater

TECHknowSELF. It is a site-specific performance installation utilizing projections and a massive LED wall, which exists as part of a café.

The unconscious is alive and well in at least one art form: the theater. It is a medium that depends deeply on both the artists’ and the audience’s willingness to enter that world of the shadow cave, and allow themselves to be affected at a most fundamental human level. It is still humans telling each other stories in the dark, except here the campfire has been replaced by the projection lens.

I was fortunate to have had excellent theater training, as a graduate of the Yale School of Drama in their Projection Design concentration. I bring this training and combine it with my former life as a video and installation artist. Theater allows me to expand outside the limits,of an art world that seems stuck in a view of consciousness grounded in the light world of the white box. The black box of the theater is, for me, the unconscious.


Michael F. Bergmann

Michael F. Bergmann is a Canadian-born video and installation artist, and projection designer for the theater. He approaches art with an optimistic eye towards technology. MFA Yale School of Drama, BFA Ryerson University (Toronto).


The Brooklyn Rail

JUNE 2014

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