On the Stage, Behind the Scenes and In the Audience
Hewes Design Awards - 2007
Award-winning writer, director, designer, producer, inventor and entrepreneur based in New York City, he is the founder and Executive Artistic Director of 3-Legged Dog Media and Theater Group and led the company’s recovery from its destruction in the 9/11/01 attacks and construction, fundraising and development of the 3LD Art & Technology Center, the company’s $5.6 million new home in Lower Manhattan. 3LD serves as a home for 3-Legged Dog which produces several new works a year there and hosts approximately 500 international artists a year for 6 week to 3 month residencies focusing on the creation of new large scale, complex experimental artworks of all kinds. He has recently formed an international production consortium providing an extended life, distribution and international resource scale for works created at 3LD. The consortium is the heart of an innovative new international exchange program that allows intimate cross-cultural creative and production opportunities for affiliated artists. In response to the recent economic disaster he founded Lower Manhattan Arts Leaders a group formed to find solutions to the severe problems brought on by the recession. Since 1994 Cunningham has focused on the creation of his own large-scale, live, multimedia performance/installation works and on the development of affordable intuitive technology for multiplexing and seamless multi-media interaction. Works include: House of Bugs (Ontological Theater), The Realism of Simple Machines (La Mama), Automatic Earth (Signature Theater), Kampuchea/Loisaida (3LD Desbrosses Street), Accidental Records (Venice Biennale, 9th Annual Architecture Exhibit), and Degeneracy, Losing Something (2007 Hewes Design Award) and A Line of You at 3LD Art & Technology Center. He just completed designing and directing 3-Legged Dog’s hit multi-media performance/installation of Chuck Mee’s Fire Island which ran to sold out houses and rave reviews in the spring of 2008 and which was also nomintated for a Hewes Award. The work is scheduled for tour to Sundance and Cena Contemporanea in Brasilia. He is completing work on an exhibition of his large scale video and in teractive work called Why Aren’t You Naked? and has begun a new collaboration with Chuck Mee: Fêtes de la Nuit (Paris Orgy), the HD video portion of which will be filmed in Paris. The work will workshp at 3LD in the summer of 2010 and premier there as part of the Performance Media and Technology Festival in 2011.