Laurie Anderson’s new show is a network performance with Ai Wei Wei. Video from the premiere at the Luminato Festival in Toronto.
They are using Skype to connect the live Toronto performers with Ai Wei Wei in Beijing.
Network performance is a growing area and Play the Moment is on the leading edge!
I was inspired to start working with network performance by Pauline Oliveros and Chris Chafe. Chris Chafe calls these Telematic performances and has developed a software at CCRMA Lab, Stanford, that works really well. For the techies who read this blog — using Red Hat Linux OS — a communications port can be opened.
In 2010, I visited San Francisco to learn this software, and I was able to open ports on two computers and communicate using the software. This system works really well, but both sides of the performance must have the ability to operate sophisticated technology. That is why my efforts to successfully produce a network performance were not realized until I started using Waterwheel in 2012. My first solo show, Flow Time, led to the development of work for the group, Play the Moment.
It was my vision to have a combined live and networked performance that was realized with the recent Mini Maker Faire show. This was the first time one of the group members was live, playing with the networked stage on a projected screen. Now, I am seeking more of these performance opportunities so internet viewers can join concert goers to enjoy live, improvised media performances.
Now network performance is going mainstream with this show by Laurie Anderson — as mainstream as experimental performance art ever gets — but soon, I believe this will become a widely recognized genre of performance.
Stay tuned to this site to learn about the next Play the Moment performance or follow us on Facebook.
It is very exciting for me to be counting down the days until I leave for Amsterdam. I have to get ready for the wireless sensor workshop by purchasing some Arduino parts!
This is my first trip to Europe, so I am very excited and a bit nervous.
June — Amsterdam
Early July — Germany
July 11th — Mons, Belgium for my friend and collaborator Sonia’s show!
No return date set as I have applied for a few events and residencies in Europe that still might come through to extend my stay.
Any helpful tips, please contact me!
Play the Moment will be performing as part of the Vancouver Maker Faire June 1-2 at the PNE.
This is a rare opportunity to experience a network music performance with a live band member in attendance.
I will be playing computer and singing on-site and I will be available to answer questions about our show and my other projects.
In addition to the confirmed Play the Moment performance, I am working on also presenting Angels Among Us, an interactive installation featuring my collaboration with visual artist Joanna Gabler as Zest Continuum.
More information on exact dates and times will be announced soon.
This is your invitation to the 121212 Festival of Cyber-performance!
The retrospective section of the program “Walking Backwards into the Future” is already underway.
The portion that I am involved in is the new experimental works, Testing 1, 2, 1, 2, 1, 2 . Play the Moment – Shakti meets for a networked internet performance on the Waterwheel Tap.
I am working with Play the Moment – Shakti, a group of four women located in different cities. This pioneering effort in experimental media arts includes Victoria Gibson (Vancouver, Canada), Jude Abrams (Toronto) and Sonia Paço-Rocchia (Montreal) creating music with Christina deRoos (Detroit, USA) manipulating the visuals.
We will be performing a piece called ‘excavating desire/fouilles pour le désire‘
About the Show
Excavating Desire – Fouilles pour le Désire
Play The Moment Shakti (Canada, USA)
Excavating Desire is a free improvised audio and visual work in four movements:
- On the Surface – exploring constraints imposed on female desire by society and ourselves
- Digging Deep – recognizing our wants and needs
- Gathering Courage – risking societal censure, economic loss or emotional pain requires resolve and strength
- Flowering of Passion – acceptance and expression of our own inner identity
Four women going through the same risk and hardship of “Excavating Desire”.
Desires are often hidden underneath layers so we do not even recognize them ourselves. It is a risk to reveal our true self, particularly in personal and intimate situations, but also when revealing oneself as an artist. “Excavating Desire” provides a structure to peel away the layers of constraint and grant ourselves permission to express what we choose to see and hear as art.
Schedule and time zones
These converter links can be found already programmed with the correct DST time under the title of the show in the spreadsheet.
For example the second performance of our show is at 7:30am on Thursday, December 13th DST in New Zealand — the location of the 121212 festival, but it is Wednesday, December 12th at 10:30am PST, in Vancouver, Canada, where I live.
More information about the show can be foun by clicking the title of the show.
My performance last Friday on water-wheel — the event was a solstice celebration.
Water-wheel.net is a performance platform developed in Australia by Suzon Fuks.
My ensemble, Play the Moment – Shakti has been accepted to perform, using this platform as part of the 121212 Festival of performing cyber-arts.
The festival will occur on December 12, 2012 . . .
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Here is the latest video I made to promote my campaign to raise funds. My lovely assistant and I explain the situation and ask for your donation on Indiegogo.
Go directly to my page on Indiegogo and donate — get fun perks too!
Bandwidth: Interactive Installation has been selected to be shown at the Lumen Festival in Staten Island, NY!
My media art, Bandwidth has been selected for the Lumen Festival on June 23, 2012. They do not have the funding to support the artists, so I am asking you to assist.
If you are in NYC come to the show!
I am seeking funding through Indiegogo with fun perks.
See more information about Bandwidth on my portfolio site
It won’t happen without your help!
Please go to the IndieGoGo site and donate now.
If you are not able to come to the show Rise Up, Fallen Angel — Please watch on the Center for Performance Research UStream channel.
This is a big night — we have had many technical challenges setting up 3 screens of projection and surround sound, then streaming it all on to the internet.
Tonight is our open rehearsal, see you there.
I am in NYC working hard on the show with my collaborators.
Christina deRoos, my collaborator in the visual projection aspect of the show, made a video yesterday and posted it on Vimeo as a demo.
I hope you like it.
The Call to Artists for Rise Up, Fallen Angel is now officially open. The deadline is April 15th, 2011. We are seeking still or moving images relating to the theme. Please fill out the form below to submit your work after reading the call to artists: Complete details of the call are available here. Translation available at bottom of post.
Rise Up, Fallen Angel will be exhibited at the Centre for Performance Research on Thursday, May 26 through Saturday, May 28th. There will be an artist’s talk by curator, Victoria Gibson on Saturday afternoon.
The exhibit will consist of three screens with projected images placed in a non-linear improvised narrative and music from Play the Moment Composers’ Collective.
IMPORTANT: There is no text or language in the images or audio content.
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Please sign up to submit your work. You will receive a confirmation e-mail letting you know we have received the form. If your image or video is not on a site where it may be downloaded, then please e-mail a small copy of the image or a description of the video to vixmedia01 (at) gmail (dot) com. If you have a problem with the form on this web page, please try this link.
Thank you for participating in the show,
Please read the full Call to Artists before submitting — by submitting this form you understand and agree to the terms and conditions in the Rise Up, Fallen Angel International Call to Artists — please click on this link to view or download a pdf copy RiseUP-FallenAngel_Call-to_Artists3