Specially Processed American Me (part of FailSafe Festival 2018)
"Specially Processed American Me" is a multidisciplinary performance using SPAM, the canned meat, to connect memories of the artist's Korean-American upbringing, share her familys accounts of the Korean War, and examine SPAMs influence on Korean cuisine. "Specially Processed American Me" investigates SPAM's legacy in the military, its place in individual and collective memory, and its consumer appeal through a narrative collage of monologues, animation, soundscapes, sculpture, and cooking. Thrashing between absurd humor and sober tragedy, genuine affection and biting criticism, "Specially Processed American Me" is a thought provoking exploration of one of America's most iconic and misunderstood foods.
In addition to performances, "Specially Processed American Me" holds food history and storytelling workshops over a communal SPAM meal. Attendees are welcome to share their own SPAM-related stories and recipes, which can be archived through our installation and website. To find out more, visit www.speciallyprocessed.com
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Jaime Sunwoo (Artist, Performer) is a Korean-American multidisciplinary artist from Brooklyn, New York. She combines video, audio, sculpture, and storytelling to create sensory performances in galleries, theaters, and public spaces. Her works are part playful, part tragic, and often examine food as a way to discuss identity, history, and death. She studied art at Yale University, where she wrote and directed "Household". Her site-specific projects include "The Creature" for the DUMBO Arts Festival, and interactive bar installation "Earshot". She has collaborated with Whoop Dee Doo, and appeared on PBS's Art21. Her upcoming public works will be featured in STooPS Art Crawl and Art in Odd Places 2018. She is currently a fellow at the Laundromat Project for socially engaged art. See her work at www.jaimesunwoo.com
Matt Chilton (Sound Designer, Composer) is a New York native and Brooklyn-based musician and producer focused on building immersive soundscapes from improvisations and unconventional sources. He previously worked with Jaime Sunwoo on her domestic drama "Household" at Yale University and most recently with playwright and songwriter Aya Aziz on her one-woman show "Eh Dah: Questions for my Father" at New York Music Festival, New York International Fringe Festival, and Planet Connections Theater Festivity. He studied composition, recording, and sound design with Paula Matthusen at Wesleyan University.
Chris Ignacio (Producer) is a NY based theatre artist, musician, puppeteer, and educator. He has toured nationally and abroad since earning his BFA from The Boston Conservatory at Berklee. He is a current Culture Push Fellow, and Queens Council on the Arts: Community Engagement Commissioning grant recipient for his project, "Co-written", which involves songwriting with young people of color. His is dedicated to working with marginalized communities toward an empowering self-actualization through theater and music. He recently served as Associate Producer for the Obie Award winning Ma-Yi Theater Company.
part of FailSafe Festival 2018
The Sonnet Theater @ The Producers Club (View)
358 W. 44th Street
New York, NY 10032
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