Devin Murphy is a performance poet and theatre artist living and working in Los Angeles. Having attended The New School in New York, Devin studied Theatre (Eugene Lang College) and Modern Art (Parsons School of Design) before starting an independent theatre company and producing Off-Off-Broadway festivals, plays, and events in the city. Devin left NY in early 2013 for the automobiles and open skies of LA, and he has performed live poetry throughout the Southland for the past eight years. Devin is currently devoting his time to a collaborative project with local musicians, The Land League, which fuses live performance poetry with improvised and layered instrumental tracks in a rapid, one-take environment reminiscent of jazz in structure but not necessarily sound. With a focus on self-described “lyrical impressionism,” Devin’s current work spotlights the prosody, imagery, and omission of context in the conversation of performance.Creating surrealist poetry anchored in rhyme and backboned by beat, Devin uses each performance as a way for his words to evolve organically with the music and the crowd.

For Journey Through the Senses, Devin will be exploring the relationship between performance and prosody through a variety of media including poetry, music, digital video, storytelling, and theatre. Consider Performance + Prosody a Kaprow-style Happening that focuses as equally on the methods through which information is conveyed as it does the information itself.

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