Frank Wo/Men Collective
In our wild and experimental way, our goal is to merge the entertainment mediums through a virtual series of interactions combining live gaming, television, and theatre. Through an internet user interface, the audience will have the opportunity to influence both the environment and the live performers. Three environments— an arctic tundra, an alternate universe bounce house inhabited by jiggle pets, and a post-apocalyptic parkour obstacle course—share walls and leak their characters into one another. Several cameras reveal up close and omniscient perspectives dictated by the viewer and their manipulative choices. Amidst these unpredictable times, Frank Wo/Men’s project is physically virtuosic, dramaturgically detailed, and shockingly interactive.
Frank Wo/Men Collective, based out of Austin, TX, is an ever-evolving group of interdisciplinary artists from various communities. Frankie collaborators co-produce a multitude of forward-thinking, highly physical pieces which are at times fervid, contemplative, or idiosyncratic. Our work is underpinned with intersectional social awareness, gender expressionism, Freudian curiosities, body positivity, and absurdist exploration. From a squeaky toy glutes band and a marshmallow-mouthed opera to poignant duets, submerged headstands, and water torture slip-n-slides, Frank Wo/Men puts forward risky work, no-holds-barred.