Much of my creative work explores the sociogenetic and psychogenetic effects of technology in everyday life. Technology always occupies a double-edged role within the context of my work: at once as something to be critiqued as well as something to be redeemed through the formal and experiential innovations it permits. I am interested in pushing the boundaries of where performances can take place and how stories can be told. Stubbornly, I create work that resists being viewed and replicated within the conventional confines of the gallery, the theatre or the page.
I will be using my residency with Blast Theory to continue developing the site-specific, new-media novel that I am currently writing. The piece consists of a series of letters and soundscapes dispersed amongst the books of the Biblioteca Jose Vasconcelos in Mexico City. A one-sided correspondence between a woman writing to her late husband, the letters trace the history their relationship while also probing the history of the disappearances that have increasingly plagued Mexico’s history over the past half century. Readers will have to navigate through the library to find and piece together the various letters that make up the novel.
Theo Di Castri is a Mexico City based writer and artist working at the intersection of immersive theatre, sound art and new media. He holds a BA with a double major in Neuroscience and Comparative Literature from Columbia University and an MPhil in the History and Philosophy of Science from Cambridge University. When not working artistically, he edits for the King’s Review and MVT Journal and directs a summer school about the war on drugs for young people affected by the conflict from across the Americas.