Live Performance, Realtime, Battle, Visualisation, Synaesthesia, Stereoscopic,
Man vs. Machine, Human System, Cybernetics, Artificial Intelligence, Puppetry
A real Performer meets his virtual Counterpart, both learn from each other
and adapt, dance with or fight against each other. A performative experiment,
that explores boundaries and possibilities in the struggle between indivual
and his virtual mirror, man and machine. Artistic and scientific positions
in the fields of digital performance and artificial life are being explored.
With this concept we became one of the winners of the Podium-Call
of the Region of Salzburg (Austria)
Mankind dreams of hiding failures and improving looks and capabilities.
Due to our digitalpossibilities these dreams seem to become true more
and more. Chess world champions are not from Russia anymore but from Silicon
Valley, and our own digital represantations (pre)tend to be seen more
real, more perfect and more beautiful than our actual existence.
In the Performance „Versus“ a real performer is being absorbed
into a mechanical/machine like world where he meets his virtual counterpart.
Typical human „patterns“ are being developed between the 2,
such as scepticism, the play with boundaries, adaption, communication,
collaboration and destruction. The machine copies these patterns and returns
them back in a new form, a different kind of battle is being developed:
Man meets machine, reality versus virtuality, perfection versus failure,
rag doll versus autonomy, subject versus object, individual versus mass.
What will remain? A conflict? A cooperation?Or simply the attempt to combine
the one with the other in a way that makes sense and that leaves space
for both to advance.
of singularity is an important impulse for this work, what happens if
our being is analyzed and reproduced by machines and if our human patterns
are being processed in a new way to develop a post-human creature?
What does it mean for a performer to interact and improvise with a partly
autonomous virtual character? Is there a possibility that a performer
is becoming obsolete, or are new forms of art developed at this point?
What is the result, if your own individual patterns (your facial expressions,
your movements) are being returned like in a distorting mirror? The movements
seem to appear similar, but also not, because they are put together in
a new way. What happens at that point, can an algorithm pretend creativity
due to a cut up and a new synthesis of human movement-samples? Can a real
existing human being keep the control in a world of endless digital and
mechanical possibilities? Or is the result simply an overall-picture of
(and just as in our latest performances CPU, winner of the Salzburg Media
Art Award, or 1dentity, we want to work in real existing and virtual rooms
(IMAX like), we want to explore boundaries of what is possible in interactive
computer performance art and we want to combine possibilities in media
art with traditional art forms.
1n0ut: Robert Praxmarer
& Reinhold Bidner (Idea, Concept, Code, Realisation, Visuals &
Nanina Kotlowski (Dance & Choreography)
tel.: +43 (0)699 12909471