Mallory Catlett / Restless NYC: DECODER: Nova Express


June 24 — July 9, 2023


The Chocolate Factory Theater
Long Island City, New York



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Two figures sit behind synthesizers in front of a quadrangle display above them on a stage. The stage is lit by purple and blue light.
Photo by Walter Wlodarczyk

Director Mallory Catlett, 2016 Creative Capital Grantee, returns to The Chocolate Factory with G. Lucas Crane (sound and video manipulation), Keith Skretch (video), and Ryan Holsopple (interaction design) for the final edition of DECODER: Nova Express, a sound and image cutup machine that has been turning out concerts, digital transmissions, video art, and sound recordings for the last 8 years. This Machine is for everyone – according to William Burroughs whose instructions were followed closely to create it. With two tape recorders and a microphone, performers Jim Findlay and cassette tape artist G. Lucas Crane take you on an interstellar adventure into the prophetic imagination of The Nova Trilogy, Burroughs’ 1960’s space odyssey whose central character is the virus. Created pre, mid and “post” pandemic, Nova Express is a fever dream turned time machine that confronts the physical sensation of living today by traveling back to a time when the political problems we now face, became unavoidable.

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