All posts for the month September, 2015

The World Technology Network (, a community of the world’s most innovative individuals and organizations in science, technology, and related fields, is launching the first World Summit on Technological Unemployment on September 29, 2015, at the Time Life Conference Center in New York City.

Accelerating technological unemployment will likely be one of the most challenging societal issues in the 21st Century. Never before in history are so many industries being simultaneously upended by new technologies. Though “creative destruction,” in which lost jobs are replaced with new ones, will be a factor, our newest technologies have the clear potential to eliminate many more jobs than we create. With technology advancing at a geometric pace, robotics, artificial intelligence, 3D-printing, and other innovations with enormous disruptive potential will soon hit the mainstream. Billions of people worldwide are currently employed in industries that will likely be affected—and billions of new entrants to the workforce will need jobs. – See more at:

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Our IndieGoGo Campaign is Live!

Hello friends!

The Oracle is our most ambitious production that our company of artists and thespians has yet to bring to life. We are very excited to announce that we just launched our crowd funding campaign on IndieGoGo!

Please check it out here: IndieGoGo crowd funding campaign

Our campaign includes a number of unique rewards that we think you will enjoy. But the best reward at any level will be that you can tell everyone you know that you are a philanthropist! Good for you!

We really appreciate any help that you might be able to provide.


Thanks again, as always for your support.

Warmest regards,

Friends of the Operating Theater Company


Story and Curation: Jason Schuler

Managing Director: Dori Ann Scagnelli

Producer: Sandra Garner, Lingua Franca Arts

Production Stage Manager: Fred Drenkow

Performances by

Kourtney Rutherford, Ben Becher, Alessandro Magania, Estelle Lee, Christine Holt, and Ariel Whitfield

Live Dioramas Written by

Alison Folland, Eleanor Hutchins, Jennifer McKenna, Jason Schuler and Jon Leon Torn

Artifacts & Interactive Installations by Marnie Jaffe, Brittany Loesch, Ken Nintzel, Eva Peskin, Jason Schuler and Eva Von Schweinitz

Videography, Editing, & Effects: Keith Chandler Jr.

Exhibit Design: Brittany Loesch

Lighting Design: Jamie Roderick

Costumes: Jennifer Paar

Public Relations: Kippy Winston Media

Technical Advisors: Mike Taylor and Dr. Stelios Sidiroglou-Doukos

Hello! I’m excited to share the new poster image that I created for the exhibit. It’s based on poster designs for illusionists at the turn of the 20th century. Of course, whether Iris’s magic is an illusion has yet to be dispelled…

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Oracle-logoIris Atalanta Lee was Luddite protestor from the First British Industrial Revolution. She was beheaded by the government and her head was displayed publicly. On the night that the head was posted in the public square, it disappeared. Rumors spread that it appeared three days later at a secret meeting of the Luddite army, giving directives from beyond the grave.

FrameBreaking-1812The Luddites were textile workers and weavers from the first British Industrial Revolution circa 1811-1816, who protested against technologies that automated their industry. The powered looms and stocking frames  threatened to replace them with less-skilled, low-wage laborers, leaving them without a livelihood.

Although the origin of the name Luddite is unclear, popular theory holds that the movement takes its name from Ned Ludd, a boy who allegedly smashed two stocking frames in 1779, whose name had become an emblem of machine destroyers and . His name evolved   General Ludd or King Ludd, a figure who, like Robin Hood, was reputed to live in Sherwood Forest.

Iris Lee, who as a young woman had learned the trade of hosier from her father, joined the Luddite movement in 1815, when she led a rebellion and incited a riot that lead to the burning of the Nottingham Stocking Company factory. After her execution by the British government, she became synonymous with the Luddite cause – sometimes referred to as Lady Ludd or Queen Ludd.