Villa Design Group Tragedy Machine
The work of Villa Design Group – Than Hussein Clark, James Connick, and William Joys — draws on the formal languages of architecture, theater, and the decorative arts. Tragedy Machine, by imagining a form for the automated creation of dramatic scripts, considers the speculative possibilities of “queer objects.” This exuberant catalogue features an essay by the exhibition curator, Alise Upitis, and conversation between VDG and Bonnie Honing, Nathalie Du Pasquier, and Miriam Leonard. It follows the first institutional show of the group at the MIT List Visual Arts Center, in 2016, where the architectural installation doubled as the setting for premiering This Is It or Dawn at Bar Bazukha, a four-act adaptation of The Iceman Cometh (1939) by Eugene O’Neill.
Edited by Alice Upitis and Villa Design Group. Texts by Alise Upitis, Villa Design Group, Bonnie Honing, Nathalie Du Pasquier, Miriam Leonard