"Dance in a Moving Mirror"
is a collaboration between
artists in New York
City and in Aix-en-Provence mixing live video and audio improvisations in
a transatlantic webcast. The piece is an attempt to merge multiple perceptions
via the network into a unified whole which exists both in web-space and on
the screens of its viewers. This archive is an artifact of this process, and exists
as a work on its own.
The experience of participating in this communication through simultaneous
image streams was one of reaching-- of straining to see through the fog of
delay and codec's artifacts. The archive records watching-- shows the
reflection of Aix's images on New York's eye-- and represents the essential
interface, that of a human eye downloading data from a monitor.
-- Emily Hartzell
Opening to an unknown, unforeseen sound, compressed and stretched,
merging with the larger soundscape and sent back out - an exercise of trust, of
chance, of play with and through the network.
-- Jesse Gilbert
Onespace spirit no time delay: The ebb and flow of images and sounds transforms non-verbal, ephemeral,
collaborative process into an accessible performance.
-- Nina Sobell
"Dance in a moving mirror" marks a milestone in the development of
ParkBench's ArtIsTheater web performance series, initiated in 1994 by Nina
Sobell and Emily Hartzell. In 1997 composer Jesse Gilbert became a member
of the ParkBench collective, and starting with the
Touch installation for
"PORT: Navigating Digital Culture" at MIT's Vera List Gallery (2-3/97),
ArtIsTheater has featured simultaneous video and audio webcasts. "Dance"
marks ParkBench's first attempt at merging performances in remote
locations, and points to new directions for multipoint, improvisational
collaborations. "Dance" was created as part of the RAT web workshop,
organized by CYPRES in Aix-en Provence.
New York City
camera , video mix - Emily Hartzell
synthesizer - Nina Sobell
composition, audio mix - Jesse Gilbert
pre-recorded sound - Annica Kjell
camera - Emanuelle Baron