The CAC and Arts Council New Orleans present Miwa Matreyek as part of LUNA Fête’s closing weekend celebrations.
Miwa Matreyek is an animator, designer, director, and multimedia artist based in Los Angeles. She creates live performances that integrate animation, performance, and video installation. Arriving to animation from a background in collage, her work explores how she can create dream-like, often surreal, yet emotionally impactful moments on stage, by combining animation and body, in a juxtaposition of the cinematic and theatrical, fantastical and the visceral.Her work has been shown internationally at animation/film festivals, theater and performance festivals, as well as art galleries, science museums, tech conferences, universities, and more.
Matreyek’s 50-minute performance includes two unique pieces, This World Made Itself and Myth and Infrastructure.
This World Made Itself is a multimedia live performance work combining projected animation and the artist's own shadow silhouette as she interacts with the fantastical world of the video, merging film and theater to create something that is its own kind of spectacle. This World Made Itself is a visually and musically-rich journey through the history of the earth, from the universe's epic beginnings to the complex world of humans. The piece is at once semi-scientific (like flipping through a children's encyclopedia), and emotional and dream-like rich, in surrealism, metaphor, and fantasy.
Myth and Infrastructure is a live performance with projected animation. The artist's shadow is constantly present in this piece from beginning to end - sometimes in semi close-up and sometimes as a full figure - as the world around her shifts and transforms. Her shadow becomes an integral part of her own fantastical animation worlds, as she traverses oceanscapes, cityscapes, and domestic spaces to conjure dreamlike scenes with light and shadow.