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Wednesday, Oct 1 2008
You couldn’t swing a dead cat in this town without hitting a show touting itself as “multimedia.” But what makes the work of performer Sara Kraft so captivating is the humor, compassion, and insight with which she uncovers how we all use cutting-edge technology to enhance and make sense of our lives. For HyperREAL, she started with the notion of what is “real.” Are our emotional responses deemed less real simply because we’re responding to a video as opposed to another fleshy human being? Where is the “real” line between you and the outside world? Kraft is known for her visually inventive amalgamations, and HyperREAL is no exception: it involves sharks, the virtual technology used to treat post-traumatic stress disorder, and YouTube. The show that grew out of these thoughts is a taste of the larger work she is developing for Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, which will premiere in its 2009-2010 season. You can be one of the first people to see Kraft play with her latest ideas — and challenge your own about where technology ends and your real life begins.
Fri., Oct. 10, 8 p.m.; Sat., Oct. 11, 8 p.m.; Sun., Oct. 12, 8 p.m., 2008

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