January 2007

Supported by Jerome Foundation

html_butoh questions the way information is indexed on the Web; it enacts the “Global Top 500” websites and is choreographed by their real-time HTML structure. Small video clips show participants translating the “functionality” of each HTML tag into movement. The URLs, and therefore the “stage,” changes every 3:28 minutes, running through 500 websites within a twenty-four hour cycle. html_butoh runs on the html-movement-library, an open-for-participation video clip database. In Butoh — a Japanese dance technique — the dancer “becomes” an image through her movements, which parallels to how a web browser scans through HTML and displays its content. By submitting to the html-movement-library every participant instantly becomes part of the html_butoh performance.


To interact, you’ll need the Flash Player installed in your browser; a high speed Internet connection (DSL/Cable or better); and your speakers on. Optimized for Mozilla Firefox 2.0+, Opera 9.10+, Netscape 8.0+, and Safari 2.0+. To upload your own videos to the html-movement-library, please follow the instructions on the website.