Video clips from director Marianne Weems' talk at Pop!Tech 2006. The full session is available at http://www.poptech.org/popcasts

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Weems Alladeen

by Adam Kenner

In preparing the performance "Alladeen" call center operators in Bangalore, India were interviewed about their training in English. They develop characters with detailed histories, often derived from characters on American television. They also practice speaking with an American accent. Discuss how American culture is exported and viewed by the rest of the world. Are Americans seen as sophisticated and intelligent? As morons or buffoons? As violent counterterrorist torturers? As benevolent, caring and philanthropic? As drunken and scantily clad pop singers in rehab or as thoughtful, creative artists with vision and purpose?
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Weems Claritas

by Adam Kenner

Marianne Weems riffs on data mining by Claritas
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Weems Intro

by Adam Kenner

Marianne Weems, director of The Builders Association, introduces her innovative theatrical genre. She believes that live stage performance is enhanced by including multimedia technology. Discuss her statement regarding live theatre and contemporary audiences.
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Weems Lab

by Adam Kenner

Marianne Weems describes theatre as an exploratory laboratory
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Weems Mediation

by Adam Kenner

Marianne Weems describes the mediating effects of technology on communication.
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Weems OnTheRoad

by Adam Kenner

Marianne Weems plays a performance segment from Alladeen in which a call center operator in Bangalore, India takes a call from a woman in need of driving directions. The woman is calling for help from her car in the United States. Discuss the different perspectives of the caller and the operator. During the conversation, do they form opinions about each other? What cultural differences become apparent in the dialogue?
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Weems SuperVision

by Adam Kenner

Marianne Weems plays a clip from SuperVision
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Weems Virtual

by Adam Kenner

Marianne Weems describes the relationship between the real and the virtual and a shift in human perception due to a media-saturated culture.
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