2008: Lars Jan
(Director, with a focus on media/technology integration in performance)
Lars Jan is a Los Angeles-based director, writer, visual artist, and the founding artistic director of Early Morning Opera (EMO), a genre-bending performance + art lab whose works explore emerging technologies, live audiences, and unclassifiable experience. EMO’s works—including Abacus, Holoscenes, and TIMe—have been presented by the Under the Radar Festival at the Public Theatre, BAM Next Wave Festival, Whitney Museum, Sundance Film Festival, REDCAT, Hammer Museum, Guggenheim Museum, Ringling Museum of Art, MDC Live Arts / Art Basel Miami, Pasadena Museum of California Art, Toronto Nuit Blanche Festival, Portland Institute of Contemporary Art TBA Festival, and the Istanbul Modern. He has spoken at The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Performa, and the 92nd St. Y, and held residencies at the MacDowell Colony, Lower Manhattan Cultural Council, Princeton Atelier, Headlands Center for the Arts, and the Center for the Art of Performance at UCLA, where he was an inaugural artist-in-residence. Jan's outdoor public spectacle Holoscenes will tour to London and Abu Dhabi in 2016, and his most recent performance, The Institute of Memory (TIMe), will tour nationally in 2017. He is the son of émigrés from Afghanistan and Poland, and is a TED Senior Fellow.