Co-MISSION Fellow Jaerin Son


Jaerin Son’s Dogs or Cats; Augmented Body

Thursday, June 23, 7pm

Friday, June 24, 7pm

“When I look at the beautifully perfect bodies of robots or A.I, I see the distorted desire of humans. I sense the projected prejudices lie in their seeming perfection. In Dogs or Cats; Augmented Body, I’d like to show this distorted desire via the accentuated body shape of the A.I. puppet and have it juxtaposed with myself, an Asian immigrant female artist, on stage. Although A.I is designed to be flawless and human-like, they can never become a human. Yet, humans, especially the marginalized women of color like me, desire to be as strong, limitless, and immortal like A.I. Like a twin desiring each other’s bodies, Dogs or Cats; Augmented Body tells the story of bodies that carry hopes and despairs via visual storytelling.” – Jaerin Son

Ticket Info:

*all prices include ticketing fees

General Admission: $30 single performance

Student/Industry: $20 single performance (with promo code INDTIX)

Festival Pass: $100 ($120 value), access to any 4 performances.

Student/Industry Festival Pass: $70 ($80 value), access to any 4 performances (with promo code INDPASS)

Livestream: FREE. Those who are able are encouraged to purchase $5-30 tickets to support artists fees. 

Tickets, information, and livestream details can be found online:


Jaerin Son is a director, puppet artist and set designer from Korea. Since moving to Chicago, she’s been woking with the Chicago Puppet Studio as a puppet maker and teaching artist. Her works include plays, experimental puppet theaters and installation arts. She believes a theater should be a space of overthrowing.