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Public Program
The Princes of Persuasion
a performance and talk


In conjunction with the exhibition
Feel Big Live Small
organized by Elan Smithee

Wednesday, May 6
7 pm


download video (210MB .mp4)
Described as “The Muppet Show meets Flight of the Concords” by Theater is Easy, Ithai Benjamin sits on a chair much like his digital automatons. Who’s leading who?

Recalling vaudeville ventriloquists and their dummies Benjamin and his robots, who are together known as The Princes of Persuasion, banter between songs as if they were jamming in their living room.

The Princes of Persuasion will play a 30-minute set followed by a short talk by Benjamin about his puppetry practice.




Ithai Benjamin is a New York City based composer, performer and engineer. He makes dolls, puppets, robots, colorful instruments, and interactive installations and uses technology and animation to tell stories that are otherwise impossible to tell. His work has been published in Make Magazine and the book Handmade Electronic Music. His band of robotic puppets The Princes of Persuasion have performed at Exit Art, The Tank, 2010 New York Fringe Festival, Cameo Gallery, 92YTribeca, and more. Ithai teaches the class "Puppets and Performing Objects" at NYU's Interactive Telecommunications Program.



Please join us for this apexart event.

apexart's exhibitions and and public programs are supported in part by the Affirmation Arts Fund, the Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, Bloomberg Philanthropies, Edith C. Blum Foundation, Mary Duke Biddle Foundation, The Greenwich Collection Ltd., Lambent Foundation Fund of Tides Foundation, and with public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs and the New York State Council on the Arts.


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