Live Stage: Subtle Technologies [ca Toronto]

war-mail-2.jpgSubtle Technologies Festival presents An Evening of Networked Performance curated by Willy Le Maitre :: June 12, 2009; 8:00 pm :: Innis Town Hall, 2 Sussex Ave., University of Toronto, Toronto.

In this World 2.0, the distant and out of time are those not on the network. Those not connected by the myriad of standards, protocols, interfaces and soft spots are from World 1.0. Seemingly, with more degrees removed from our mutual separation, we are unified by a network that, paradoxically, joins us and separates us. There is a quality of transparency to World 2.0 that make a users criticism difficult to recognize online. What is placed on the Internet is usurped by it; the network is a medium that absorbs all expression as its own. As users of this world we know that dialogue is constant and criticism is part of a basic reflection. When seen from within the network, this can become invisible to us. The arena of performance has the potential to look at the network sideways, to provide a context to see a figure emerge from the dense field we’re enmeshed in.

Pauline Oliveros/ Ione/ Chris Chafe — in a networked performance between Innis Hall and The Banff Center :: Alan Sondheim — will be performing on stage, tête-à-tête, through Second Life with his Austria situated counterpart Sandy Baldwin :: Second Front — Scott Kildall and Patrick Lichty will have an on stage face off with their Second Front performance troop to present a new piece for the denizen’s of Second Life, ‘Red White and Blue Dawn’ :: Jeremy Bailey — in demo/performance mode, presenting his new mockware ‘War Mail’ :: Johannes Birringer — will screen an excerpt from his new performance piece Ukiyo – Movable World.

The Pauline Oliveros/ Ione/ Chris Chafe Trio: Pioneers in extended forms of American New Music; their performance explores musical spaces often across physical spaces. Blending music and spoken word improvisation, the festival performance links stages in Toronto and Banff. The three have been developing artistic practice within the telematic medium collectively.

Pauline Oliveros, composer, performer and humanitarian is an important pioneer in American Music. Acclaimed internationally, for four decades she has explored sound — forging new ground for herself and others.Deep Listening, her lifetime practice, is fundamental to her composing, performing and teaching. She serves as Distinguished Research Professor of Music at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Troy NY; Darius Milhaud Artist-in-residence at Mills College, Oakland CA; and president of the Deep Listening Institute in Kingston NY.

Chris Chafe is a composer, cellist, music researcher with an interest in computer music composition and interactive performance. He has been a long-term denizen of the Center for Computer Research in Music and Acoustics, Stanford University, where he directs the centre and teaches computer music courses. Chafe developed the Jack Trip software which has enabled an exploration in near realtime telematic music. Using a fast network the open source software facilitates an eight channel Cd quality audio link where bi-costal delays are around 400 milliseconds.

IONE is an author, playwright and director, & spoken word performer, whose seminal work, Pride of Family; Four Generations of American Women of Color, (a New York Times Notable Book) was published in a classic edition by Doubleday/Broadway Books. (October 2004). Ione is also the Artistic Director of Deep Listening Institute, Ltd.

Alan Sondheim and Sandy Baldwin performing in Second Life: Sandy and I AvaTanz together which means we trigger objects to take us over, splurge on the chat, maybe have some sound at work beyond the usual click-clack, and work those altered mocap files at around 800 meters transparent space. Usually stuff crashes; here, who knows? It’s about eroticism, memory of neighborhood, being-mess.

Second Front are a pioneering avatar performance group in Second Life. They create theatres of the absurd that challenge notions of virtual embodiment, online performance and the formation of virtual narrative. Tactical art by the performance group currently serving a Second Life sentence. Scott Kildall and Patrick Lichty will be present in the flesh.

Jeremy Bailey – ‘War Mail’ — a launch of War Mail by Demo-Performer Jeremy Bailey. Bailey creates videos and performances that demonstrate satirical software programs of his own design. His work has been described by filmmaker magazine as “a one man revolution on the way we use video, computers and our bodies to create art”.

Johannes Birringer will present an excerpt from the choreographic installation UKYIO, a collaboration between performers in the UK and Tokyo. The performance blends audio, dance, and digital projections, inviting the audience to shift its perspectives by moving among the various elements as the work unfolds.

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