OBJECT COLLECTION was founded in 2004 by writer/director Kara Feely and composer/musician Travis Just. Based in Brooklyn, the group operates within the intersecting practices of performance, experimental music and theater. We are concerned with simultaneity, complexity, and radicality, combining dense layers of text, notation, objects and processes. We work to give audiences unconventional viewing experiences through our merging of theatricality and pedestrian activity. Our works upset habitual notions of time, pace, progression and virtuosity. We value accumulation above cohesion.
KARA FEELY is a writer, director and designer for experimental theater and interdisciplinary performance. Her work draws inspiration from experimental writing and music composition strategies, and combines a variety of materials, from found text fragments and landscapes of objects, to recorded interviews and radio broadcasts. Works she has written and directed for the company include: Innova (Abrons Arts Center, Incubator Arts Project, 2011), The Geometry, co-written with Jennifer Walshe (Chocolate Factory Theater, 2009), Problem Radical(s) (PS122, 2009), Gun Sale (Prelude Festival and on tour throughout Japan, 2009) FAMOUS ACTORS (Ontological Theater, 2007), Evoke memories of a golden age. (Ontological Theater, 2006) and Is this a gentleman? (Ontological Theater, 2005). Is this a gentleman? was published in Antennae, and FAMOUS ACTORS in PLAY A JOURNAL OF PLAYS.
Additional projects with Object Collection for which she has worked as writer, director, and/or performer include: the 2008 Experimental Music series at the Ontological Theater; the experimental music and reading series CHOP SHOP (Berlin); the sound-interview installation L-shaped not more than seven feet at TESLA/Podewil (Berlin); and John Cage's Song Books at the Kunst-Station Sankt Peter (Cologne). She has also performed throughout Japan on Object Collection's 2008 and 2009 tours, at KuLe (Berlin), Experimental Intermedia (New York), the AMBUSH series at Chez Bushwick (Brooklyn), Issue Project Room (Brooklyn), and presented a solo show at the Los Solos series (Baltimore).
TRAVIS JUST comes from a background in improvised music and experimental composition, his work often uses texts, gesture, and unconventional technologies in addition to instruments and electronics.
His music has been presented around the world at Performance Space 122, PRELUDE, The Stone, Le Poisson Rouge, Ontological Theater, Experimental Intermedia, Chez Bushwick/AMBUSH, Issue Project Room, Brooklyn College, Columbia University, Merce Cunningham Studio, NYC; Podewil, KuLe, Berlin; Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival, UK; SuperDeluxe, LoopLine, Tokyo; Art Space Tetra, Fukuoka; Gallery Soap, Kokura; Art Basel Miami; CalArts, LA; Brown University; Galerie Mark Müller, Zürich; Kunst-Station Sankt Peter, Cologne; Kunstraum, Düsseldorf; Fruchthalle, Kaiserslautern; Ivan Franko National Theater, Kiev, Ukraine, among others. His music has been performed by numerous artists and ensembles including: Maulwerker, Wandelweiser Composers Ensemble, Dither Guitar Quartet, incidental music Berlin, Reihe Elektronischer Musik Bremen, and the Dog Star Orchestra. Travis' music has been broadcast on WFMU, WKCR, WNYC (New York), SWR (Germany), Radio New Zealand, and JOFW (Japan). His scores have been published in the journals Antennae and Play. He is the music curator at Incubator Arts Project.
Travis received a BFA (composition/performance) in 1999 from the Mannes College of Music/New School University while studying with Andrew Cyrille. In 2002 he received an MFA (composition/performance) from California Institute of the Arts and studied with James Tenney, Wadada Leo Smith and Michael Pisaro. Travis was a 2003 DAAD Scholar at the Hochschule für Musik Cologne and studied composition there with Johannes Fritsch.