Temporary Distortion

Temporary Distortion explores the potential tensions found between practices in visual art, theater, cinema, and music. The group works across and between disciplines to create performances, installations, films, albums, and works for the stage. Temporary Distortion was formed in 2002 by writer/director/designer Kenneth Collins when he began staging intimate performances in claustrophobic, life-size shadow boxes that eventually evolved into much larger, open-frame structures. These later stage constructions expanded the form of the shadow box and included numerous multifaceted assemblages made of industrial lights, microphones, speakers, television monitors, and video projection surfaces. In 2007 the company began work on a trilogy of film genre deconstructions merging theater and cinema. Most recently, Temporary Distortion's work has focused on long-duration, installation-based performance and live music. The company is based in New York City. Its work has been seen throughout North America, Europe, and Australia.

“Temporary Distortion just keep elevating their game. You could call that game sculptural video, or perhaps living set design, or maybe just multimedia ravishment.“ - TimeOut NY

Americana Kamikaze

NYC’s genre-bending Temporary Distortion mines the worlds of Japanese ghost stories and J-Horror in Americana Kamikaze. Inside one of Temporary Distortion’s signature box structures, an East-meets-West psychological horror story unspools, complete with vengeful spirits, impossible physical manipulations, elliptical storylines, nightmarish cinematography and stunning visuals. Temporary Distortion has been making new works that seamlessly blend theater, cinema and installation since 2002. Their work has been presented in the US, Canada, France and Austria.


An assemblage of film, performance and visual art, Newyorkland follows 4 police officers struggling with the demands of their chosen profession and the high costs of working within the fraternal and secretive society of the NYPD. Inspired by the gritty cop movies of the 1970s, popular TV police procedurals and real-life cop stories, the production is staged in one of Temporary Distortion’s signature box-like structures. This installation serves as a framework for both the ensemble’s uniquely restrained acting style and as a canvas for its intricate and gorgeous video.