Celebrating its 11h anniversary, THE BUILDERS ASSOCIATION is a New York-based performance and media company that exploits the richness of contemporary technologies to extend the boundaries of theater. Based on unusual collaborations and extensive periods of development, The Builders Association’s productions feature a seamless blend of text, sound, architecture, video, and stage performance that explore the impact of technology on human presence.
Under the artistic direction of Marianne Weems, the Builders have collaborated on eight large-scale theater projects: Master Builder (1994), The White Album (1995), Imperial Motel (Faust) (1996), Jump Cut (Faust) (1997), Jet Lag (1998) with Diller + Scofidio, Xtravaganza (2000), Alladeen, (2003) with motiroti and Avanti (2003).
From 1998 on, The Builders Association has been one of the most active international touring experimental theater companies in America. During its two-year run, Alladeen was presented at venues including the Wexner Center for the Arts, MCA Chicago, the Singapore Arts Festival, the Barbican Centre, Romaeuropa Festival 2003, BAM 2003 Next Wave Festival, REDCAT, Los Angeles, the Festival Iberoamericano de Teatro de Bogotá 2004 and the Melbourne International Arts Festival among many others. Alladeen completed its tour at the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, DC in May 2005. The company has also presented two installations at the Clocktower Gallery and the STOREFRONT for Art and Architecture and is developing an after school arts education program with the Brooklyn College Community Partnership entitled Invisitble Cities to bring the Builders sophisticated technologies into the classroom.
The Builders’ Board of Directors: Dan Dobson, Erica Levin, David Pence, Ellen Salpeter, David Sternbach, Marianne Weems, Kim Whitener.
dbox is a studio of artists, illustrators, photographers, interactive designers and visual thinkers who together produce both commercial and independent visual arts projects in varied media.The diversi ty of work and process drives the continual parallel growths of technology, craft and inspiration within the studio, and an architectural perspective and background ties the work together. Recent projects include: motion graphics for the BBC, fashion photography for 125 magazine, aerial photography and video production for SOM’s freedom tower, and photo-illustrative works for the World Trade Center Memorial winners, Michael Arad and Peter Walker. In August, dbox was tapped to contribute to the ‘Avant Guardian’ issue of Surface Magazine, which showcases innovative photography. dbox was founded in 1996 by Matthew Bannister, Charles d’Autremont, and James Gibbs.