London 14/5/12 Announcing – A unique collaboration between Conway Hall and FoolishPeople, Virulent Experience is an immersive theatre and art event that explores the evolution and devolution of ethics, morals and the impact to the mind, imagination and free will of humans via a fictional future version of London on the eve of the 2040 Olympics.
FoolishPeople will transform the historic Conway Hall – a landmark of London’s independent, intellectual, political and cultural life – into The Museum of Virulent Experience, housing the entire banned index of thoughts, emotions and desires in an age where Information Prohibition has begun.
John Harrigan – Artistic Director of FoolishPeople and writer of Virulent Experience comments:
“I am immensely proud to be working with Conway Hall. Their work has never been more important; providing a space for free thought within society is imperative if we are to be brave enough to imagine potential future utopias, where shared ethics and morals are vital to humankind. With Virulent Experience, FP will continue the work we started with Dead Language and transport our audience to one of the many possible futures we may inherit if society and populist culture continues to attempt to alter the perception, imagination and free will of the human mind."
Dr Jim Walsh – CEO at Conway Hall says:
“I am delighted that Conway Hall is working with FoolishPeople on this hugely important and innovative project. The ethical issues that Virulent Experience will explore, and provide an immediate focus for, can no longer be overlooked. It is vital for all us to come to terms with, and start to question, where the ever increasing flow of information will lead and at what cost. The creativity that FoolishPeople bring to this issue is second to none and I am overjoyed that Conway Hall can play its part in this unique and World class endeavour.”
Virulent Experience opens on Monday 6th August 2012, and runs throughout August.
Tickets available from www.conwayhall.org.uk/virulent-experience
ABOUT VIRULENT EXPERIENCE
London 2040, society is crippled under the weight of a population addicted to novelty and impermanence. Nothing lasts when every dream or nightmare imagined can be crafted and created. To stem the loss of reason in a post-real world, time and access to the ever expanding human experience is restricted. New forms of experience are policed by the Ministry of Information, in a last ditch attempt to control a world that is eating its own meaning.
Experience of that which is categorised as NOVELTY is monitored under the Human Emotional Experience Act of 2032, where total access to information is strictly limited within a monthly data plan and the most virulent forms of experience and knowledge are banned.
The age of Information Prohibition has begun.
Forced back into the real world, language devolves into hybrid forms, to cater for a generation who only understand meaning when communicated in hash tags and status updates.
Yet there is one place where all you can eat reality still exists and every banned emotion, experience, dream and nightmare can still be made real: the Virulent Museum of Human Experience, housing the entire banned index of thoughts, emotions and desires.
Now, on the eve of the opening ceremony of the 2040 London Olympics, Eliza, a certifiable Experience Junkie, who has spent a lifetime imprisoned by her out of control desires has come to the museum. There, she must convince Socrates, hoodie and outlaw philosopher, a living novelty born of the 2011 London riots, to help her release a secret hidden deep inside the museum. A machine which may save Eliza from her own mind and offer the human, a wayward animal, a method with which to regain the truth it has lost.
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ABOUT CONWAY HALL
Conway Hall is a non-profit venue hosting a variety of lectures, classes, performances, community and social events. It is renowned as a hub for London’s independent intellectual and cultural life.
More information at www.conwayhall.org.uk
ABOUT FOOLISH PEOPLE
FoolishPeople create and engineer immersive events, theatre, collaborative live art, books and film. Over a number of years, we have developed a practice Theatre of Manifestation that transforms entire buildings into dreamlike worlds that living characters inhabit.
FoolishPeople has collaborated with hundreds of artists worldwide and produced work in conventional theatres, galleries and site-specific venues throughout the UK, also touring to America and Amsterdam. Our work has been sought out and commissioned by organisations such as the BBC, Secret Cinema, Arcola Theatre and the Institute of Contemporary Arts.
FoolishPeople is currently in post-production on their first feature film Strange Factories: http://www.strangefactories.com
t: 07894 021108
Dr Jim Walsh
Chief Executive Officer
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Virulent Experience Art © Jase Daniels © 2012. facebook.com/jasedanielsart