Real-time, site-specific media performance-installation
Artspace (Peterborough ON)
Installation and performance, July 29 - August 5, 2005
Performance duration: 1 hour per night for 7 nights
The performance scenario developed for the Artspace presentation of the flowchart project was different than the previous version in Edmonton: instead of investigating and working with the gallery's stored materials (there were none since the all of gallery's contents had been destroyed in a flood the previous year), the action developed involved taking down the acoustic tiles from the gallery's ceiling grid, stacking them up in a specific location, and then reversing this process.
The barrier created by the stacked tiles was located to activate (by disrupting) the architectural and social space of the gallery and an adjacent arts organization in a particular way. The performer was not present in the gallery during the day, but rather carried out the tile removal and stacking process at night, while the audience remained outside to view the projection. A series of cameras captured and switched images of the activity to rear-projection screens filling the gallery’s street front windows.
Live audio of the sound being made in the gallery was streamed to the Trent University radio station, which broadcast the feed on its 700W FM transmitter, enabling audience members, passers-by and casual radio listeners to hear nearly simultaneous sound of the performance on portable radios in conjunction with (or at a distance from) the image. Broadcast audio consisted of a microphone mix of the sound of performance activity inside the gallery, including a backing drone generated by a harmonium.
Video switching software written by James Reynolds
Audio assistance by Ian Osborne
Radio simulcast by Trent Radio 92.7 CFFF FM
This project was supported by the Saskatchewan Arts Board.
Images show rear-screen projections in the gallery windows as seen from the street outside during the performance, and details of the ceiling tile removal process inside the gallery. Image 8 shows the stack of ceiling tiles at its maximum height before the process was reversed and the tiles returned to their original positions on the ceiling.