2019 Interactive Performance Series at The Wilmette Theatre, Wilmette, Illinois
As the persona NAE, the artist developed and performed a series of interactive live music shows as a part of the Chicago-based collaborative Black’s Backbone. Black’s Backbone is a collective of seven artists, each bringing unique perspective and skill in fields of visual art, music composition, audio engineering, songwriting, video game programming, and live music performance.
We debuted this interactive experience, called “First Contact” at The Wilmette Theatre in 2019 in the Chicago area. Other iterations of the project were exhibited at community events and exhibitions including The Wilmette Library, The Palatine Library, North Park University, The Wilmette Park District, and The Wilmette Chamber of Commerce.
“First Contact” by Black’s Backbone was featured in The Chicago Tribune, The Wilmette Beacon, DePaul University Newsline, and DePaul University Radio.
Over three years, Contag worked with Creative Developer Nathan Glynn and Artist and Audio Engineer Ryan Black (REB Records) to design an interconnected series of original video games (mini-games) that audience members played during each original pop song performance by members of Black’s Backbone on stage. The games were projected on the theatre screen behind the band.
Between song performances, Nathan Glynn (as host and game programmer) delivered spoken short essays that illuminated the positive influences of technological innovation in our everyday lives, and called the audience to question their own relationship with technology through the video games as well as spoken word.
Black’s Backbone released our debut album, Spiral World in 2020 and it is available on all music platforms.