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September 07, 2004



Dance and Mutable Media

"I envision the development of UNSTABLELANSCAPE beyond the local performance and gross movements of the dancers towards the use of autonomous streams of data, subtle measurement of biological functions (breathing, heart beat, earth movement, GP systems and distributed performance using the internet)...I would like to explore the augmentation of the system hybridicity and maximizing its bottom-up architecture with the integration of organic tissue such as neurons and muscle cells to the real time aspect of the video-sound-movement continuum (residency at Simbiotica, Australia). Later, I will expand the performance with this bio-digital generativity and with analog/biologically inspired robots. It is a continuation of the aesthetics of emergence."
marlon barrios solano

Posted by jo at September 7, 2004 10:06 AM


In 1993 in San Francisco I was part of a show in which seven members of The Haters sat watching blank static on a TV while slowly cutting up large pieces of cardboard with small knifes. The same TV static was also being projected, covering three of the four walls of the club. The hiss of the static was amplified loudly enough to rattle the whole space.

Hung from above, was a 6.5 square metre ion-gun. This device propelled massive clouds of ions into the 160 member audience. Once charged, little arcs of electricity started bouncing from person to person. It was an austere spectacle of audio static, video static, and static electricity.

The ion-gun consisted of a high voltage wire grid that created an uniform static electric field. The entire audience was charged to five thousand volts. Audience members chased one another giving each other shocks. People were even getting up on tables and chairs, reaching towards the ion-gun, hoping to get more of a charge to give bigger shocks to their friends. All the while, The Haters remained on stage peacefully slicing cardboard.

Posted by: GX Jupitter-Larsen at September 8, 2004 10:35 AM