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Performance: IRiSs Lab: Integrated Ruptures in Sensory Space 

When: Sat., April 17, 7 p.m. 2010
Price: $6.50-$8.50
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When laboratory artist Chris Spencer-Lowe explains the experiment he and fellow artists will be conducting Saturday night at the North Street Church, you're not sure whether the night will erupt in photo-epileptic seizures or a dance revolution. "We take the disparate elements, the film which we usually shoot ourselves and process ourselves, and the sound elements are all taken separately, and the only time they're brought together is the night of the show," says Spencer-Lowe. "So it's very much a laboratory, live." The ad hoc collection of film artists, musicians, modern dancers and technicians who make up IRiSs Lab---IRiSs stands for Integrated Ruptures in Sensory Spaces---create works that bring visual improvisation and hand-made instruments, contact mics, laptops, DIY radio transmitters, 16mm film projectors, prisms and mirrors together to turn what Spencer-Lowe calls a "normally preset cinematic experience into a live one." For #7, the evening will touch on the mind and machine dreams, taking inspiration from stroboscopic technologies, focusing on how the technologies led to the invention of the dream machine and its use in popular culture. Expect images of early scientific experiments in the '40s, the Rolling Stones and "other pop culture icons who embrace what they saw as the mind-altering capabilities of strobe technology and the dream machine." You, the test subject, are expected to show up at the laboratory by 7pm. –Holly Gordon

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