The Absent Project
Created by Michael Rau and Jeremy Paul

one third performance, one third art installation, and one third game, Absent is a journey across a bridge and through a century to find secret histories and hidden mysteries. This original experiential creation premiered at the 2010 IngenuityFest. Selected by the Cleveland Plains Dealer as one of the “Best of the Fest.”

The project used digital technology, advanced sound design and graphics to create a game layer over the entire festival, so that the solo audience member’s experience of the festival is completely reformatted. Using text, image, video, and sculpture, the audience member is given a chance to see their surroundings in a completely different light.