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Live Stage: Rock *N* Scroll [de Germany]

rocknscroll.jpgRock *N* Scroll: Performance with audience participation by media artist Annina Rust.

Oldenburg: On Friday, 30 March 2007 Annina Rust is going to turn laptops into musical instruments using her software Rock N Scroll at two places in the city centre of Oldenburg, to rhythmically move and make music with laptop-users. Everyone is invited to participate. Just use your mouse as rattle, your keyboard as drum kit, and your mobile as microphone and make music! the artist asks the inner city public. The first performance is taking place at 2 p.m at the Cafi Loft, Baumgartenstra_e 2. Other performances are planned at 4 p.m at other sites in the city centre. This event is part of the program accompanying the exhibition Sound//Bytes_electrical and digital sound scapes, which is shown at the Edith-Russ-Site for Media Art until 15 April 2007.
Coffee shops, shopping malls and other semi-public places are often already equipped with wireless internet, allowing not only to meet and socialise but also to work there. “Imagine entering such a place and instead of sitting fixedly in front of their computers users perform rhythmic movements with their equipment,” says Annina Rust. Optical mice are used for DJ-like scratching motions, joysticks and mechanical mice serve as rhythmic instruments, keyboards become drum kits and mobile phones turn into microphones. Both mobile phones and computers are connected using Skype voice-over-IP telephony (VOIP) software, so that everyone present can participate in the spontaneous jam session with his or her own equipment. For more information see: http://www.rocknscroll.net

Swiss born Annina R|st at the moment works as a Research Assistant for the Computing Culture Group at MIT Media Lab in Boston, USA. Her software Rock N Scroll was developed in 2006 while the artist received a work stipend from the Edith Russ Site for Media Art. The user instructions have been printed on a mouse pad. Of this first edition 30 copies, hand-signed by the artist, have been issued. They are available at the Edith Russ Site for Media Art for the price of 25,00.


Mar 29, 2007
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