Optionally, both in-person and online audiences can participate in a research study using LIVELab’s new eye-tracking technology!
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About The Innocents: Now the subject of an award-winning documentary film, The Innocentsis social justice advocacy through performance art. Composed by world-renowned percussionists, Allen Otte and John Lane, the work is an effort to delve deeply into the current issues surrounding the subject of wrongful imprisonment and exoneration, as well as a commitment to connect with the communities in which it is performed. During the LIVELab event, audience members will watch both the live music performance and the documentary.
The music performance explores aspects of the issues surrounding wrongful imprisonment and exoneration in the American criminal justice system: mistaken identity, incarceration, injustice, politics, psychology, and resilience. Some of the pieces are meant to be uncomfortable – a bit too long, momentarily chaotic and confusing, difficult to understand, provocative. Others are simple and direct: melodic and in familiar genres, lyrics recited to percussive accompaniment. Working on an emotional level, the goal is to shine a light on the issue of wrongful incarceration—as if through a prism—in hopes that various aspects surrounding it may briefly come into focus for each of us.
The feature-length documentary, directed by Wojciech Lorenc, showcases Allen and John’s techniques for composing and performing The Innocents. It follows them on tour throughout the US, as they play for everyone from school children to exonerees. Throughout the documentary, we meet some of the individuals affected by unthinkable injustice. We see their reactions to the music performance and bear witness to their incredible resilience.