October 28, 2019
Koizumi is part chamber music, part theater, part visual art. Koizumi explores the life and work of Lafcadio Hearn, a 19th century folklorist and writer.
Being developed through a residency at the ArtLab, Koizumi is part chamber music, part theater, part visual art. Koizumi explores the life and work of Lafcadio Hearn, a 19th century folklorist and writer. Obsessed with the morbid and outlandish, he awakened the magnetic pull of grotesque storytelling in his contributions to American journalism, and in his interpretation of Japanese folk stories. Most notably, Hearn offered a literary perspective through the ghostly spirit world of Old Japan, and gave a journalistic voice to marginalized societies around the globe. Hearn’s overlooked accomplishments deserve to be uncovered, and the vastness of his contributions will optimally manifest on a multisensory platform.
Koizumi features musician Jean Laurenz, Lafcadio Hearn’s Great-Great-Grand-Niece, and the multimedia visual and soundscape artists, Masary Studios. Masary is a Boston-based team of artists that consists of Maria Finkelmeier, Sam Okerstron-Lang and Ryan Edwards.
In Koizumi, the quartet explores Hearn’s life and artistic output, realizing his multidimensional contributions through a blended performance of digital light and sound. Using original composition and projection art, the team highlights how Hearn married cultural perspectives with literary astuteness, becoming a leader in social justice and cultural preservation.
Two works-in-progress showings will be held on Monday, October 28 at 2:00 and 8:00pm. Free and open to all, but tickets via Eventbrite are required. Please reserve your seat for Koizumi.
This residency is supported in part by the Office of the Vice Chancellor for Research and Graduate Education at the University of Wisconsin - Madison with funding from the Wisconsin Alumni Research Foundation.
- Lafcadio Hearn: https://www.newyorker.com/magazine/2019/09/16/why-lafcadio-hearns-ghost-stories-still-haunt-us
- Lafcadio Hearn: https://www.theparisreview.org/blog/2019/07/02/the-many-lives-of-lafcadio-hearn/
- Masary Studios: http://www.masarystudios.com
- Jean Laurenz: http://jeanlaurenz.wixsite.com/jean
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