Thursday, July 21, 2005

Networked Performance

I found a great website this morning called networked-performance
which was created in order " to explore performance within, through, and across computer networks and disciplines" in preparation for a conference in 2006.

The site is a blog hosted by Helen Thorington and Michelle Riel with a meaty comment section where participants are discussing theoretical issues and describing various projects that are relevant to the discourse.

It was in the comments section that I read about Hole In Space, the telecommunications project of Kit Galloway and Sherrie Rabinowitz:

On the first evening, unsuspecting pedestrians walking past the Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts in New York City, came face-to-face with life-sized television images of unsuspecting pedestrians walking past "The Broadway" department store in Century City, Los Angeles. And vice versa. There were no explanations. 3000 miles apart, they could see one another; they could hear and they could speak with one another.

The second evening saw growing numbers of people populating the streets as word-of-mouth and long distance telephone calls spread the word; on the third ­as a result of television coverage the previous evening - there was a mass migration of families and trans-continental loved ones to the two locations, where they ²utilized the link ­or frame -- provided by Galloway and Rabinovitz, and gave it its content, and its meaning.² Many of those present had not seen each other in 20 years. http://www.medienkunstnetz.de/works/hole-in-space/)

This shift from artist as creator of content to artist as creator of a space in which others (the public, friends and acquaintances) produce content and meaning, is profound.
Posted by: Jo at July 18, 2005 05:03 PM
Would you consider this project to be performance art?

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