“There aren’t new emotions, but there are new ways we experience the world. If one takes as a starting point that one has all the tools of the present at one’s disposal to create a work, rather than just those that have been used before, and that the work one produces must be the best possible expression of the sense that underpins it, one inevitably ends up creating forms that are new, because one is speaking in one’s native language, i.e. the language of one’s experience of the present.”
Adam Donen invents art forms, writes, directs and composes.
Recent works include Symphony to a Lost Generation, the world's first fully holographic drama, and Nixon in Agony, the world's first binaural audio drama.
He has also written libretti, directed traditional theatre works, composed classical works for major orchestras and soloists and released 4 albums of songs.
His work frequently employs the philosophy of Alain Badiou, the poetry of T.S. Eliot, and the post-dramatic storytelling techniques of Elfriede Jelinek and Frank Castorf, as well as exploring technological-philosophical debate about the nature of an “I” in the digital world.
2021 will see the release of his first feature film, Alice, Through the Looking, retelling the story of Alice in Wonderland in Brexit London. A new holographic drama, Tractatus Illogico-Insanus, starring Blixa Bargeld, is currently in development.
From time to time, as a consequence of Donen's work with holograms, he is also commissioned to resurrect the dead.