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.
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This summer has been very eventful for me and some of the work that I have been doing is now posted on Vimeo!
Videos include my newest work: Kensington Mystery Man
There is a film clip of the title sequence for Rise Up, Fallen Angel
Lisle Ellis said this one of his favourite visual parts of the show! That is quite a compliment considering the quality of art from the contributors around the world and Lisle’s dedication to his own visual art. This clip is really a display of my work in the visual and audio realms. I will be creating a documentary video of the event and my projection artist collaborator, Christina deRoos has posted a clip to her Vimeo account here.
The final public clip is a documentary of the work I did at EMPAC in 2010 — it is a work-in-progress showing of my Integrated Media Arts piece, Bandwidth. The video was edited by Julia Alsarraf, a colleague who also participated in the Media Lab at EMPAC.
The EMPAC experience was very important to me in many ways, but meeting the other artists was a great inspiration. I am still collaborating with one of my other colleagues, Suzon Fuks, an Australian artist. She is launching her Waterwheel project on August 22nd! I have contributed some of my water video and will be uploading more photos and other material to the collection. If you would like to be part of my crew in the “Tap” section, please contact me. I would like to be a more involved participant in the project.
I was very honoured to be asked to produce the film that was shown as the visual component of this concert in the Walter Phillips Gallery, located in the Banff Centre for the Arts.
Pauline Oliveros explained the concept and gave me freedom to develop the 20 minute film using the photos provided and my own digital artworks. Ms. Oliveros was inspired by President Obama’s speech in Cairo and the Codepink efforts to encourage peace by building three playgrounds in Gaza. I obtained permission to use photos from the Codepink Flikr stream, with attribution, from:
National Media Coordinator
CODEPINK Women for Peace
The Codepink projects are very worthy and I was proud to be able to support them and be associated with an initiative that is intended to bring people together to work for peace. In addition to the photos of children and playground construction in Gaza, we used photos of American children playing in a playground provided by Ione. She explained at the concert that she thought it was nice for them to play together. Ione was inspirational in the production of this film as she helped me to gain a more precise understanding of the concept of the musical work.
Many people complimented me on my work after the show and it will remain one of the highlights of my time in Banff. I did document the performance on video and the audio was recorded by the Banff Centre technicians, led by John DS Adams. At some point, I hope that my film, “A New Beginning: A Playground” will be shown during future concerts when Pauline and Ione perform this piece. When the audio is mixed, there are plans to produce a DVD with the soundtrack of the concert. When it is complete, it will be available from the Deep Listening Institute site.
Tech Notes: All photographs and digital artworks were prepared in open source software, The Gimp. The film was created using Final Cut Studio on a Macintosh workstation owned by the Banff Centre.
My trip to Banff is now confirmed. I will be riding my trusty Yamaha FJ 1200 to Banff to meet with Pauline Oliveros and Ione to document their residency. My goals include completely documenting the current residency with audio/video/still images and to work on the material that was recorded at the Fort Worden Cistern and the Seattle concert to produce streaming promotional material.
View Vancouver to Banff – June 4-5, 2009 in a larger map
Tech Notes: The facility at Banff does not have a Blu-ray DVD burner, so I am considering purchasing one so I can author a completed DVD. I am going to try to Google map my trip as it happens – I have embedded the code from Google, but I hope to power this through a wordpress plug-in. Thanks to the plug-in maker, “MapPress makes it easy to insert Google Maps in WordPress posts and pages. By Chris Richardson.”