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Process Series Production: Packing and Cracking: An Interactive Mapmaking Event

October 24, 2020 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm

Join us for a virtual live stream of
Packing and Cracking:
Interactive Mapmaking Event

Created by Joseph Amodei and Rachel Gita Karp
October 23rd and 24th @ 7:30 p.m.

The Process Series continues its 13th season, with a virtual event about gerrymandering: the pervasive practice of politicians choosing their voters rather than the other way around. Packing and Cracking provides a national overview of this practice, but focuses on redistricting and gerrymandering in North Carolina, historically one of the most gerrymandered states in the country.

Packing and Cracking is an interactive event using audience-participatory drawing and map-drawing games, critical cartography, historical accounts of the first gerrymanders, and interviews with people dealing with gerrymandering today. This performance exposes how easy and disenfranchising gerrymandering can be and ask what, if anything, we should do about it.

This production will be presented in a live streaming format. Audience members can choose if they would like to participate in the interactive map-making games. This is the best way to enjoy the event and we hope you will choose to participate! If you would like to attend the virtual performance, you must reserve a space by filling out this form.

Created by Joseph Amodei (UNC ’13) and Rachel Gita Karp, Packing and Cracking focuses on one state’s gerrymandering story at a time. According to Amodei, “Our current focus is North Carolina, whose maps have been so racially and partisanly manipulated in recent years that (based on research done by UNC’s Andrew Reynolds) it has led to the state no longer being classified as a democracy.”

Co-creator Rachel Gita Karp states that she is, “thrilled to bring Packing and Cracking to the Process Series this October. The politicians elected in November will be the ones who draw political districts for all of North Carolina next year—and those lines could be in place, affecting all elections, for the next decade. It’s a crucial time to think about gerrymandering and the way we want to be represented.”

Co-creator Amodei adds, “Packing and Cracking is an interactive, media-based event. This means audiences play a series of games with each other to foster community, learn about gerrymandering, and explore the invisible district lines in their own backyards. Inspired by Mary Flanagan’s idea of Critical Play, we set up a performative space where gameplay allows participants to rehearse futures where representation reflects their values and ideals.”

Process Series director, Joseph Megel, notes, “Once again we are delighted to bring a UNC alum back home. Joseph Amodei’s roots are in the Department of Art and Art History. Watching how our local artists take flight is always a celebration of how the arts and humanities at UNC contribute to the larger culture. The role of the artist during these uncertain times is to help us greater understanding our world and perhaps lead to action.”

This live stream is part of the UNC Process Series and is co-sponsored by the Department of Art and Art History. Tickets for the virtual show are free, but you must reserve a space by filling out this form. Also let us know if you want to take part in the “interactive” aspects of the performance.  We will contact you with a link and further instructions a few days prior to the performance. A suggested donation of $10 can be made to support our production costs by visiting this link.

Reserve your ticket to “Packing and Cracking” here.

About the Artists

Joseph Amodei (Creator/Designer) is a video/media/performance artist and theatrical designer based in Pittsburgh and NYC. His work combines innovative technology, extensive research, and hope for alternate futures to invite audiences into a communal process of debriefing and re-learning. Joseph received a BFA in studio art from UNC-Chapel Hill and is currently an MFA candidate in video and media design at Carnegie Mellon University’s School of Drama. Recent projects include: Packing and Cracking (The Drama League, SFX, Anonymous Ensemble Avant Gardens Residency; upcoming LPAC’s Rough Draft Festival, UNC’s Process Series), The Pattern at Pendarvis (HERE), Atlas of Depression (CMU), the dance floor, the hospital room, and the kitchen table (CMU), and The Mountaintop (Heritage Theater Festival)

Rachel Gita Karp (Creator/Director) makes rigorously-researched performances about politics and public policy. She has developed and directed new performances through The Drama League, Ars Nova, Irondale, Mabou Mines, Actors Theatre of Louisville, The Flea Theater, IRT, The Brick, Dixon Place, PlayPenn, New York Stage and Film, Incubator Arts Project, Women Center Stage, Barn Arts, and SPACE on Ryder Farm. Rachel is a 2020 Creative Fellow at Town Stages, an Avant Gardens Resident through Anonymous Ensemble, and a member of the Lincoln Center Theater Directors Lab. She received her BA from Columbia University and her MFA from Carnegie Mellon University. At Carnegie Mellon she was a John Wells Directing Fellow, which supported her academics, and a Milton and Cynthia Friedman Fellow, which supported her work in women’s policy research in Washington, D.C.

About the Process Series

Dedicated to the development of new and significant works in the performing arts, The Process Series features professionally mounted, developmental presentations of new works in progress. The mission of the Series is to illuminate the ways in which artistic ideas take form, to examine the creative process, to offer audiences the opportunity to follow artists and performers as they explore and discover, and by so doing to enrich the development process for artists with the ultimate goal of better art and a closer relationship between artists and audiences. Immediately following each performance, we ask our audiences to join in the creative process, providing feedback critical to the development of the work as it moves forward. All performances are free and open to the public. Now in its 13th season, the Process Series has supported over sixty artist residencies since its inception, with many of the projects going on to significant future lives both nationally and internationally. This season’s theme, Remembrance and Renewal, will take on the performance challenges of the COVID era by presenting a virtual fall season.

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October 24, 2020
7:30 pm - 9:30 pm