I See You See
Manu Luksch, Mukul Patel & Ilza Black
present DVD documentation from the following works:
Orchestra of Anxiety
Manu Luksch and Mukul Patel
The Orchestra of Anxiety is a collection of instruments that use materials
and technologies from the security and surveillance industries. The central
focus of the installation is a harp, traditionally regarded as a sacred
or metaphysical instrument. However, unlike standard harps, this one is
strung with razor wire, requiring the harpist to wear protective gloves
while playing. Touching a string triggers multiple projections and
sound sources in the gallery.
For this new work to be first shown at Watermans Gallery, artists Manu
Luksch and Mukul Patel expand their ongoing explorations of the concept
of security. While 'security' can be seen as desire, as ideology, as illusion
but never as a garuanteed status quo, socio-political measures of control
have been implemented in the name of security. The security industry is
one of the fastest growing sectors this decade, and is worth hundreds
of billions of dollars annually. The participative installation piece,
Orchestra of Anxiety, deploys security and surveillance technologies in
an unusual and playful context, prompting visitors to reflect on their
personal sense of security and their relationship with public fears.
Manu Luksch & Ilze Black
On the occasion of the 'Please Disturb Me' art show at the Great Eastern
Hotel in London [www.ambienttv.net/disturb].,
ambientTV.NET premiered the first production from the ongoing cAmbientTV
series; the live webcam road movie 'BROADBANDIT HIGHWAY.'
The broadbandits hijack (by means of java scripts) video streams from
traffic surveillance cams on websites round the world and
montage these live sequences to a 24/7 road movie, which, resized and
stretched to full-screen, are diverted onto the hotel television channel.
The sound track was created and improvised during the performance
at the hotel by SUPERMODEM (Kate Rich & Sneha Solanki). Broadbandit
Highway as a self-generative road movie is still ongoing and online at
a dance performance for a live location-aware media environment
by ambientTV.NET and kondition
Once upon a time,in the kingdom of Myriorama, there ruled a king who
knew the art of reading and bending the thoughts of his people over great
distances, which rendered him famously powerful. One day, a wanderer entered
the kingdom ...
Taking a hint from Italo Calvino’s story A King Listens, Myriorama
unfolds the world of one whose environment is all ears and all eyes; one
for whom every whisper and rumour is heard distinctly, for whom every
movement is watched and logged.Today, equipment designed for a paranoid
king has become the plaything of the people, part of our everyday gadgetry
and woven in the fabric of the city.
For this production, ambientTV.NET and kondition pluriel have repurposed
location-aware mobile devices, motion sensors and audio-visual transmissions
to fashion a responsive performance space that both extends beyond, and
is concentrated in the venue itself.
live locative media and dance performance
Kiasma Theatre, Helsinki, 4 April 2004
The audience at the Kiasma Theatre was led all the way down the steps
of the tiered seating area and invited to take their places inside a hexagonal
veil-like tent raised on the stage. A performer equipped with a GPRS capable
hand-held computer and GPS receiver left the building on a walk. As the
lights dimmed, the semi-transparent walls of the tent became a myriad
of projections, the stepped auditorium a stage for a dancer dressed in
white and the bip-bip-bip sound of a pedestrian crossing signal was heard,
introducing an evocative live sound-track.
The walk, framed between the steps of Helsinki's Parliament building and
the steps of the Lutheran Cathedral, also formed the framework of the
45-minute show as text messages from the walker, along with the positions
reported by the GPS system, were mapped in real time in a visual display.
The live messages from the walker emerged from the context of layers of
archived walks and the earlier walkers’ messages, and threaded their
way through a forest of texts. Crossing the three-dimensional images generated
this way, were live-mixed video footage and closed circuit relay of the
dancer’s movements outside the tent. The sightlines of the dancer
seen through the tent-screens, her shadow and her image crossed the many
sightlines of the audience seated at will in the tent rather than in rows
in a theatre. The movements of the walkers in the city, tagged with their
messages, mediated by the technology, became the cues for the dancer,
interpreting her own space with the movements of her body.
AmbientTV.net’s interest in so-called ‘locative media’
(mobile communications and positioning technology) stems from earlier
‘telejams’ which linked performers and situations in different
cities with live messaging, music and video. The Ambients draw from the
traditions of psychogeography the notion of a spatial encoding of narrative
and its subsequent unveiling. The complex visual and sound environment
created in Triptychon is the emergence of language from media: the reciprocity
between ‘objective’ data and ‘subjective’ interpretation.
It mirrors the urban experience as a myriad of crossings.
TRyPTiCHON also emerges from and tends towards another locative-performative
piece, now developing under the working title Myriorama (formerly FlipFlop).
In this respect, TRyPTiCHON has been a valuable research loop, allowing
the Ambients to develop software and hardware solutions, but above all
to develop the critical approaches to media and subjective focus that
stop it becoming a gadget-piece