OBJECT COLLECTION was founded in 2004 by writer/director Kara Feely and composer Travis Just. Based in Brooklyn, the group operates within the intersecting practices of performance, experimental music and theater. They are concerned with simultaneity, complexity, and radicality, combining dense layers of text, notation, objects and processes. They work to give audiences unconventional viewing experiences through the merging of theatricality and pedestrian activity. Their works upset habitual notions of time, pace, progression and virtuosity. They value accumulation above cohesion.
Object Collection performances take the shape of large-scale projects, experimental operas and duo performances. Recent projects include “New York Girls” presented in Denmark (SPOR Festival), London (Café OTO), and New York (Issue Project Room and Roulette); a live, staged adaptation of Robert Ashley’s “Automatic Writing” in NYC and on tour in the UK. Object Collection has premiered six original operas: “It’s All True” (2016, Borealis Festival/Bergen National Opera, Bergen, Norway), “cheap&easy OCTOBER” (2015, La MaMa), “NO HOTEL” (2013, Incubator Arts Project in St. Mark’s Church), “Innova” (2011, Abrons Arts Center), “The Geometry” (2010, The Chocolate Factory, composed by Jennifer Walshe) and “Problem Radical(s)” (2009, Performance Space 122).
Their work has received support from the MAP Fund, Ernst von Siemens Musikstiftung, NYSCA, Mid-Atlantic Arts Foundation, Danish International Visiting Artist, and the Foundation for Contemporary Arts. Object Collection has recieved extended profiles in The Wire, BOMB, The White Review, The Brooklyn Rail and New Music Box.