Transart faculty Lynn Book performs excerpts from her piece ”Escapes” as part of Transartfest 2013.
Lynn Book’s interdisciplinary practice engages bodies as becoming, bodies being with. Her hybrid projects include full scale performance media works, concerts in contemporary music and club settings, exhibitional stagings, curations, recordings and public actions that draw from performance art, movement, the theatrical, visual art, language, sound and new music. Content and form merge in Book’s works which are part delirium, part meditation and part proposal for how we might live. Book’s work has received citations, fellowships, and awards from among others, the National Endowment for the Arts, Illinois Arts Council, Franklin Furnace, and Mary Duke Biddle Foundation. ‘RE:garding Next’, a collaborative culture project investigating utopian desire, premiered at the Southeastern Center for Contemporary Art in North Carolina, 2007 and was subsequently performed at Roulette in New York City, SPACE in Pittsburgh and Amann Studios in Vienna. The New York Foundation for the Arts has supported several projects with Book as writer, composer, director, and producer including the ‘The Dice Project’: a CD of adventurous women composers and accompanying series of live concert and media events at Thundergulch, EAR Studios at RPI, and The Kitchen in New York. Other projects include ‘FROTH’, a collaboration with an opera company and an early music orchestra in New York City, a video artist and a composer in Vienna, that collided with an 18th century French Baroque opera and received a preview at Symphony Space, May 2010. Book has been a featured artist at Art Stays, an international festival of contemporary art in Slovenia in 2010 and 2011, where she produced ‘SongSpot’, a site specific performance and installation project, was the US curator for a new media works exhibition in four different buildings in the medieval town core, and was commissioned to create ‘HOLE: in search of opera without Opera’, a new media music work for the City Theater in Ptuj. She is currently working on a three volume video book called ‘UnReading for Future Bodies’. ‘Escapes’ was completed in 2012 as a book of ‘poems’ that emerged from a series of projects interrogating opera, Greek tragedy, media hybridity, and the performance of extended bodies. It will appear in the online journal, Anglistica, University of Naples in 2013, and has been screened at several international conferences. In 2013, Book’s first scholarly publication will be released entitled Creativity and Entrepreneurship: Changing Currents in Education and Public Life, Elgar UK/US.