Art Apart: The Rex Project
About the project
In a futuristic world, where the integration of human memories and computer cores has created artificially intelligent androids, companies are mass-recruiting employees to fast-track production. You, the listener, are hired to be an integral part of the quality-control in the emotional development sector. The Rex Project workshop presentation is an immersive, virtual, bite-size theatrical experience that takes place in real time (over 11 days), and is presented entirely through audio-recordings and online platforms.
This project received financial support from the National Theatre School of Canada via the Art Apart program, an emergency fund for emerging artists who are affected by physical distancing due to coronavirus (COVID-19).
About the artist
Howard Dai (project leader) is a theatre maker based in Vancouver, BC. He recently obtained his BFA in the Theatre Performance program at Simon Fraser University (SFU) School for the Contemporary Arts. Recent stage appearances at SFU include Dig: Dance Mainstage (choreographed by Rob Kitsos), Bombogenesis (directed by Steven Hill), They Don’t Pay? We Won’t Pay! (directed by Pedro Chamale and Derek Chan), and Topophilia (directed by Steven Hill and Rob Kitsos). He has recently made his directorial debut with Itamar Moses’ Love/Stories at SFU. He is also a sound designer, technical director, producer, and composer that has worked extensively throughout the Greater Vancouver area. More of his works here: howarddai.com
Tiger Xu (original concept, writer) is a Neuroscience PhD candidate at Johns Hopkins University. Together with Howard, they were the co-founders and co-producers of Two Gents of New West since 2013, which had been their vehicle for a catalog of artistic initiatives and community-engaged events in New Westminster, BC. twogentsnw.weebly.com