Paul Abacus

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Paul Abacus
Born (1979-05-01)May 1, 1979
Occupation Lecturer, Designer, Consultant

Paul Abacus is a debatably fictional lecturer, designer, and consultant, who speaks frequently about the dissolution of national borders and the reform of global visual culture. He was called a “multi-media visionary” in the December 2011 issue of Spirit Magazine.[1]

Abacus moved to Los Angeles in 2009, where he worked with Early Morning Opera and director Lars Jan to develop the cross-platform multimedia presentation ABACUS. He frequently consults for data visualization firm Cousins and Sears[2] and presented his ideas at the University of California Berkeley’s New Media Working Group in September 2011.[3]

In October 2010, ABACUS premiered at the inaugural Filament festival at the Experimental Media and Performing Arts Center (EMPAC) in Troy, New York.[4] In September 2011, it was announced that Paul was invited to give his presentation in the “New Frontier” program at the 2012 Sundance Film Festival in Park City, Utah [5] to be followed by a series of lectures at REDCAT in Los Angeles in February 2012.[6] In 2014 the Brooklyn Academy of Music (BAM) invited Abacus to share his presentation for the first time on the East Coast of the United States as part of the fall Next Wave Festival.[7]

Paul Abacus’ thinking is heavily inspired by the work of polymath R. Buckminster Fuller. Having constructed an updated version of Fuller's visionary data-visualization device, the Geoscope, Abacus utilizes this device to make the argument that we are living near the end of the Screen Age, a historical moment when "the era of nations" will wane.[8]

According to an article on, Paul Abacus is not a real person at all. Paul Abacus "is an invention, a persona created by real-life performance artist Lars Jan and his production company, Early Morning Opera, whose works have been commissioned by the Experimental Media and Performing Arts Center, Symphony Space, REDCAT, and the Whitney Museum of American Art."[9]


  1. ^ "Sundance Film Festival". Spirit (Southwest Airlines). 2011. 
  2. ^ "Paul Abacus". Collaborators. Cousins Sears. Retrieved December 29, 2011. 
  3. ^ "Lars Jan & Paul Abacus Visit". UC Berkeley New Media Working Group. Retrieved December 29, 2011. 
  4. ^ "Early Morning Opera: ABACUS". Filament Festival. Experimental Media and Performing Arts Center. Retrieved November 3, 2011. 
  5. ^ Marechal, AJ (2011). "Sundance sets New Frontier installation at fest". Variety. Retrieved December 6, 2011. 
  6. ^ Bethany Rickwald (December 20, 2011). "REDCAT Announces 2012 Winter/Spring Season". Retrieved December 29, 2011. 
  7. ^ BAM Publicity (May 28, 2014). "Brooklyn Academy of Music (BAM) announces 2014 Next Wave Festival" (PDF). Retrieved August 7, 2014. 
  8. ^ Paul Abacus (October 30, 2011). "Corporations Now, Nations Next". ABACUS Blog. Retrieved December 29, 2011. 
  9. ^ Lars Jan (January 25, 2012). "New Frontiers Presenter Paul Abacus Doesn't Exist. Here's Why.". Retrieved January 25, 2012. 

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