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Studio

FuturePerfect is an interdisciplinary creative studio and research collective challenging the boundaries of conventional art and performance-making.

We are driven by the question: What will live performance look like in 100 years? Together with our associate team of practitioners and thinkers we confront the precarious conditions and shifting futures of live performance.

We are non-hierarchical and eclectic in our aesthetic interests, resisting divisions between high and low or pop and experimental. Our work comes about through personal engagement and commitment to ideas.

We are driven by a compulsive desire to collaborate across different histories and expertise—

involving not only artists—but also statisticians, anthropologists, philosophers, architects, computational biologists, engineers and others. mm

We are based in Brooklyn, NY. For general inquiries and new business contact us at:

hello@futureperfect.studio (917) 803-4420

Work

We work with clients to design, build, and implement artistic and commercial projects, we originate new work, and consult with governments and institutions.

These efforts have taken numerous forms including an underwater music concert, a database driven theatrical performance, a hallucinogenic fog and strobe light installation, and a live animation pipeline for a Shakespeare production, to name just a few.

Individually, our team members have worked with some of the most important cultural institutions and figures in the arts—

Björk, MoMA, Sufjan Stevens, BAM, Nico Muhly, Ivan van Hove, Elevator Repair Service, Ralph Lemon, Iris van Herpen, Matthew Barney, MASS MoCA, Sasha Waltz, the Metropolitan Museum of Art; and grappled with many of the pressing social and political issues of our time—AIDS-affected homeless in New York City, political disappearance in Sri Lanka, and the post 9/11 global war of terror.

Services

We offer a comprehensive range of services to help artists and cultural institutions conceptualize, plan, develop, manage and realize projects.

  • Creative Producing
  • Project Management
  • Concept Development
  • Consulting
  • Strategic Planning
  • Artistic Development
  • Cultural Strategy
  • Curation
  • Media Design
  • Sound Design
  • Production Design
  • Interactive Design
  • Systems Design

Clients

Our clients and collaborators have included BAM, Performing Arts Hub Norway, Fusebox Festival, Nike, Australia Arts Council, CLICK Festival, The Danish Ministry for Culture, Krannert Center for the Performing Arts, ELEKTRA, New York Theatre Workshop, Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center, The Watermill Center, winter guests, Chico MacMurtrie, Verdensteatret, Between Music, Théâtre de l’Union, New York Live Arts, PS122, 3LD, among others.

Staff

Wayne Ashley

Founder and Artistic Director

Wayne Ashley is a program director, producer, and curator with twenty years experience in developing and implementing hybrid projects with nationally and internationally recognized artists and cultural institutions. He has directed and administered programs at Seattle Art Museum, Brooklyn Academy of Music (BAM), Lower Manhattan Cultural Council, and CPR—Center for Performance Research. He has curated and organized conferences, online/offline exhibitions, and symposia, and helped to make artistic, financial, intellectual, and administrative links across disparate institutions and organizations through innovative programming. He has a B.A. in dance and theater from the University of California, Santa Cruz, and an M.A. and Ph.D. from the Department of Performance Studies, New York University.

Xander Seren

Co-Artistic Director

Xander Seren has been working with FuturePerfect since 2015. He has worked on projects for New York organizations Rhizome and The New Museum, Issue Project Room, Commend, Blank Forms and NTS Radio in London and has presented work at MoMA PS1. He founded and curates the experimental music labels Asystems and Foraging. He comes to FuturePerfect with a background in software development and music composition and has released over 40 single music works and albums. He is a founder and curator of the collective and web-based initiative The Actual School and in 2013 he founded the experimental performance space and gallery Apothecary in Asheville, North Carolina.

Lisa Reynolds

Project Coordinator

Lisa Reynolds has been working with FuturePerfect Productions since 2010. She holds an MFA from Brooklyn College’s Performance and Interactive Media Arts program. Coming to Brooklyn College with a strong foundation in actor training and performance experience, Lisa started to expand her practice into installation and media art. She created She Fell off the Face of the Earth (and then came back) with collaborator McKenna Kerrigan for 21CPW Gallery.

Associates

Allen Feldman

Cultural Anthropologist

Allen Feldman is a cultural anthropologist who has conducted ethnographic research on the politicization of the gaze, the body and the senses in Northern Ireland, South Africa and the post 9/11 global war of terror. His research and teaching interests include visual culture, political aesthetics, political animality, and practice-led media research. He is a Professor of Media, Culture and Communication at NYU. He has authored many essays and published books include Formations of Violence: The Narrative of the Body and Political Terror in Northern Ireland (University of Chicago Press), and Archives of the Insensible: Of War, Photopolitics, and Dead Memory (University of Chicago Press).

Andy Cavatorta

Artist and Engineer

Andy Cavatorta is an artist and engineer working with sound and robotics. His work integrates emerging technologies with traditional crafts to create new experiences and emotional narratives. After receiving his Masters Degree from the MIT Media Lab, he started on a yearlong collaboration with Icelandic singer Björk. He also received commissions from Science Gallery in Dublin and MU Gallery in the Netherlands. Recently, he worked with Matthew Herbert on his new opera at the Royal Opera House, London. He has also received commercial commissions from Stella Artois and from electronic musician J.Views. He lectures internationally. He is a mentor, a tutor, and he occasionally teaches at Cooper Union.

Daniel Teige

Sound Specialist and Creative Director

Daniel Teige works as a project manager and creative director on large-scale audio scenography projects, contemporary music, sound art and theatre projects. His interest lays in developing interactive and generative audio environments using multichannel sound systems. He is a renowned expert and performer of the electronic music of composer and architect Iannis Xenakis and has been a lecturer at international music festivals and universities. He has worked on multiple art projects with artists like Matthew Barney, Jonathan Bepler, Sasha Waltz and Guests and others. The interactive installation FLUIDIC Sculpture in Motion, for which he developed the generative audio design, was awarded Best of Best at the 2013 ICONIC Awards, the Red Dot Communication Design Award 2013, the German Design Price 2014 as well as the Scenography Award DER RAUM.

Josh Higgason

Video and Production Designer

Josh Higgason is a video, scenic, lighting, and interactive media designer, creating unique live experiences for theater, concerts, opera, and events. He teaches design at MIT and has taught classes and workshops at MIT, The New School, Bennington, NYU, LIU, Princeton, Duke, and BAM. Recent productions include Hansel Und Gretel (Teatro Alla Scala), King Arthur (Staatsoper Berlin; Vienna), and Control (Five Landscapes for Orchestra), a new piece by Nico Muhly (video and scenic; Utah Symphony); Radiolab’s Apocalyptical (video, scenic, lighting; US Tour). Other designs include works for TED, Sufjan Stevens, Ira Glass, NYC Opera, LA Opera, Minnesota Opera, Salzburg Festspiele, Panorama NYC, and MoMA.

Lynn Stirrup

Executive Consultant

Lynn Stirrup has independently consulted for clients including Brooklyn Bridge Park Conservancy, Brooklyn Community Foundation, French Institute/Alliance Française, York College/CUNY. Her focus is on conceptualizing, facilitating, and implementing personalized institution-strengthening recommendations and next steps through strategic and business planning, fundraising, development, and coaching, systems analysis, marketing and communications, and other specified project efforts. From 2012-2015 she led the turnaround progress at Big Apple Circus as full-time Executive Director. Previously, during a 17-year tenure, Stirrup led BAM’s fundraising operation through a tremendous period of growth and conceived, secured funding, and launched several new initiatives including Arts in Multimedia.

Micah Silver

Sound Specialist and Creative Director

Micah Silver is an artist, creative director, curator and archivist. He was Director of the Earle Brown Music Foundation (Brown’s archive) from 2002-2006, Associate Curator at Diapason Gallery (NYC) from 2003-2006, and from 2006 to the end of 2011 was the founding Curator for music and sound at the Experimental Media and Performing Arts Center (EMPAC). His work has been produced by Palais de Tokyo (Paris), Mass MoCA, OK Centrum (Austria) the Jersey City Museum, Issue Project Room (NYC), Artspace New Haven, the Hudson Valley Center for Contemporary Art, The James Joyce Centre (Dublin), Museum of Sex (NYC), The Place (St. Petersburg), and the MATA Festival (NYC), ArteEast, among others in the USA and abroad.

Tal Yarden

Media Designer and Filmmaker

Tal Yarden directs, shoots and designs visual content for a variety of mediums. He specializes in work for live events including dance, theater, opera, special events and music performances. He has received a Molière Award for Visual Creation and his video art Counting Sheep was featured on all of the video screens in Times Square. Recent Broadway credits include Network, The Waverly Gallery, Indecent, Sunday in the Park with George, and The Crucible. Internationally he has collaborated on over 40 productions with director Ivo van Hove including David Bowie`s Lazarus, Boris Godounov (Paris Opera), The Damned (Comedie Francaise) and Network (National Theater). He has collaborated with many other artists, directors and choreographers on over 150 productions. Tal Yarden has directed and designed video, installations and projections for commercial clients including United Nations, LG, Microsoft, The New York Times, Pat McGrath, Rick Owens, Balenciaga, Quin Hotel, Puma, Levis, Julliard, Coca Cola, Heineken, Red Cross, Rimmel, Armani, Timberland and Ford Motors.