“Battle of Everyouth” by Ali Momeni and Jenny Schmid (2011)

The Battle of Everyouth is a projection-based performance which blends live cinema, participatory theater, music and live animation. A miniature set, The Circarama, serves as a tiny stage for projections and stop motion animations, while wireless devices, S booth, D case, and P basket, offer ways to engage with live theater and contribute to the resulting projection panorama on the facade of the Minneapolis Institute of Arts.

DJ Luke Anderson joins the amazing trio, DKO, which features Jon Davis (Bass, Bass Clarinet), Graham O’Brien (percussion) and John Keston (Rhodes, Pro-One, electronics) for live experimental music on the steps of the MIA.

Students from Washburn High School are audience guides. This group has been studying youth and violence in their Art, Geography and Literature classes during the Spring, 2011 term. Their studies have included a mock United Nations session focusing on child soldiers, the reading of graphic novels Persepolis by Marjane Satrapi and Maus by Art Spiegelman as well as discussions about artists that address controversies about borders, faith and security.

Artists Jenny Schmid and Ali Momeni are stationed at a “mixing station” which combines live video feeds from these numerous dispersed performance contexts. Jenny layers drawings and words over the input imagery, while Ali animates and manipulates the many visual elements of this project.

“MIA Inside/Out: Battle of Everyouth” is made possible by a Joyce Award and a grant from the Friends of the Institute, with additional support from Northern Spark.

Artists: Ali Momeni, Jenny Schmid,
Production Team: Sinan Goknur, Drew Peterson, Maneli Aygani, EE guys
Music: John Keston, Graham O’brien, Luke Anderson, Jon Davis
Camera: Amir Husak
Guides: Students from Washburn High School

Thanks to: Teachers, Mary Jo, Krista, Liz, Susan, Elisabeth Workman Steve and all the staff at the MIA for their help in creating this work