The collaborative practice of Mary and Stephan
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147 Devices for Integrated Principles


Written by Kirk Lynn
Music by Peter Stopschinski
Images, Videos and Objects by Hillerbrand+Magsamen
Discusion and meditation led by Mary, Stephan, Maddie and Emmett.

We are overwhelmed with the world we live in: crazy politics, Hurricane Harvey, school shootings, our parents declining health and death, and our children growing older and leaving home. Feeling the enormity of our lives, we wish for an app, tool or device to fix things, such as a ‘Device to Heal a Broken Heart’. We have decided to make our own. 

The Devices Project began as a live lecture-performance that included us and our two children. We showed audience members how to create and interact with fictional tools that we had created from everyday objects from our home such as toys, spatulas and laundry hampers. These ‘homemade’ devices repurposed their original intent into tools that helped us cope and manage. 

This fluid meditation contains 4 performers, 1 box of objects, 147 photographs, 10 videos and 1 phone. 

147 Devices for Integrated Principles was first experianced at The MATCH on May 15 and 16, 2018.

I wasn’t sure what to expect, and it exceeded anything I may have thought. Absolutely fascinating. It’s all stuck in my head now, and I keep thinking up my own devices – most of which would I have forgotten just that quick.  I started to notice a pattern, and wondered what that really said about me.
--comment from an audience member


Examples: from the 65 minute performance which included 3 video screens, music, images, texting and dialogue.

Examples: images of the "147 Devices..." Titles include;  23. A Device for Swallowing the Apocalypse, 48. A Device To Let Go Of The Lump In Your Throat  or 93. A Device For Compassionate Balance.

Hillerbrand+Magsamen (
The artistic team of Hillerbrand+Magsamen is the collaboration of Stephan Hillerbrand and Mary Magsamen and their children, Maddie and Emmett. Hillerbrand+Magsamen have presented their videos in international film and media festivals including Houston Cinema Arts Festival, London SciFi Film Festival, WAND V Stuttgarter Filmwinter, New York Underground Film Festival, Ann Arbor Film Festival, Boston Underground Film Festival and MonkeyTown. Their cinematic based installations have been exhibited at the Everson Museum (Syracuse, NY), Center for Photography Woodstock (Woodstock, NY), Diffusion Photography Festival (Wales, UK) and Grand Rapids Art Museum (Grand Rapids, MI). Stephan is an Associate Professor at the University of Houston, Mary is the Curator at Aurora Picture Show, Maddie is in 10th grade at HSPVA and Emmett is in 7th grade at Garden Oaks Montessori. 

Kirk Lynn (
Kirk Lynn is an award-winning playwright, novelist, and screenwriter. As one of five Artistic Directors of the Rude Mechs theatre collective, Lynn has written and adapted over twenty plays, including the critically acclaimed Lipstick TracesThe Method Gun and, most recently, Not Every Mountain, which will premiere in summer 2018 at the Guthrie Theater in Minneapolis. Lynn’s current solo projects include The Lamp Is the Moon, a commission for the Seattle Children’s Theater to premiere in April 2018, and A Plan and not Quite Enough Time, commissioned by UT Theater and Dance and Texas Performing Arts to premiere in 2019 as part of Leonard Bernstein’s centenary celebration. His one-man-show The Cold Record will premiere at the Fusebox Festival in spring of 2018. Lynn’s debut novel, Rules for Werewolves, was published in 2015 by Melville House Books. Lynn earned his MFA as a fellow at the Michener Center for Writers and is Associate Professor of playwriting at the University of Texas in Austin, where he lives with his wife, poet and novelist Carrie Fountain, and their two children.

Peter Stopschinski (
Peter Stopschinski (Composer) has composed music for Madeleine George's play: The Curious Case of the Watson Intelligence which was a finalist for the 2013 Pulitzer Prize in Drama, composed music/lyrics for New York Musicals Festival's 2015 Winner Best in Show: The Calico Buffalo, string arrangements for Grupo Fantasma's Grammy Award winning album El Existential, and the film score for two-time Academy Award winning director Al Reinert's film Rara Avis: The Life of John Audubon. His operas and musicals have been performed across the country from Arena Stage (DC) to Playwrights Horizons (NYC) to Center Theatre Group's Kirk Douglas Theater (LA).

This project is funded in part by the City of Houston through Houston Arts Alliance; supported through the Innovation Grants program of the University of Houston Cynthia Woods Mitchell Center for the Arts in the Kathrine G. McGovern College of the Arts, which is funded in part by the Houston Endowment, Inc.; and generously funded by Mid-America Arts Alliance, the National Endowment for the Arts, the Windgate Charitable Foundation, Inc., and the state arts agencies of Arkansas, Kansas, Missouri, Nebraska, Oklahoma, and Texas. Additional support has been provided by The Vermont Studio Center National Endowment for the Arts Parent Fellowship and the Santa Fe Art Institute Water Rights Residency