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Eric Wong

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Imagine...an environment in which creative thought and self expression take on many forms, titles, and definitions. Yet, as a whole share a common language. In this place there exists very few boundaries. Art is an intimate, inviting, and accessible experience for individual observation, interaction, and collaboration. A place for all genres and disciplines to engage in research, experimentation, performance, and social exchange.

These expositions have emerged from the concept of a "living theater". Each individual project, embodies its own concept and character: A preconceived, coordinated, and choreographed time and space, in which all individuals and their exhibited documentation, as well as the "life" issues they introduce, are viewed in terms of art & theater. In this context, various actions and reactions are generated. Thus, the identity of art, artist, and audience is blurred. In this endeavor, I hope to tap into the creative source (I call "tra") that fuels ideas, invention, action and what some might designate as art. All individuals (including the audience) and their work, are not only actors, but an essential ingredient on this stage. They are literally defining its outcome! A kind of anarchy if you will, in which an environment (blank canvas) is created with the goal of providing unrestrained freedom of expression. The individuals themselves must set their own boundaries within the construct of the given environment. Thus, generating responses that embody order and chaos, kitsch and the avant garde, the objective and subjective. This is what determines the ultimate social productivity of a Life Stage event.

Imagine...an environment in which creative thought and self-expression take on many forms, titles, and definitions. Yet, as a whole share a common language. In this place there exists very few boundaries. Art is an intimate, inviting, and accessible experience for individual observation, interaction, and collaboration...a place for all genres and disciplines to engage in research, experimentation, performance, and social exchange.

Life Stage, is a type of event that has emerged over a long process of experimental exposition/festivals and personal interdisciplinary projects: dealing with the concept of a living theater, and would engage directly, individuals and the communities in which they live. These projects began in 1998 with the creation of Student Aspirations: a gathering of students from all of the art related departments, as well as every community college and university in San Diego. Together, with the assistance of the San Diego City College Foundation, we were able to stage a three-day scholarship fundraising exposition for interdisciplinary students of the arts raising almost six thousand dollars in scholarships, services, and materials in a period of three months. With the active participation of the students, the community, and small businesses. Since then, I have had a number of successes with projects involving various communities and artists in San Diego, Los Angeles, and San Francisco. Providing very unique types of venues to hundreds of multidisciplinary artists and non-artists. Working with businesses and organizations such as Sushi Performance and Visual Art, Beyond Baroque Literary Arts Center, LA Theater Works, Insite 2000, The World Beat Cultural Center, RIQ Gallery, Giorgio Santini Gallery, Motel 6, Eastlake High School and the Ruth Chapman Theater, The Beerness (SF), and numerous universities in California.



CONCEPT:

The perception of "life" as a "stage", or a kind of living theater, is the primary context of a Life Stage event. Each project embodies its own concept and character. A preconceived, coordinated, and choreographed time and space, in which all individuals and their exhibited documentation (work), as well as the "life" issues they introduce, are viewed in terms of art/theater. In this context, various actions and reactions are generated. Thus, the identity of art, the artist, and the audience is blurred tapping into the creative source that fuels ideas, invention, achievement, action, and what some might designate as art. All individuals (including the audience), and their work, are actors, active participants, and an essential ingredient on this stage, literally defining its outcome! A kind of anarchy if you will, in which an environment (blank canvas) is created with the goal of providing unrestrained freedom of thought and expression. Predominantly, leaving it up to the individuals themselves to set their own boundaries and limitations, all within the construct of the given environment. With this, action/reaction to the other actors, images, objects, as well as the space and time given, new social systems are formed. Systems, that embody order and chaos, kitsch and the avant garde, concept and expression, the preconceived and spontaneous...these are what determine the ultimate social productivity of a Life Stage event.
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