Tuesday, 25 September 2012

OPEN PLATFORM_1 27 July 2012 at Access Space - The Performances

RAP(s)- Random Access Performance(s) - Technology without Technology

Susanne Palzer - Doodle Doot Doot-Doot Doodle Do Doodoo/Taschenrechner

OPEN PLATFORM/RAP: Susanne Palzer/
Doodle Doot Doot-Doot Doodle Do Doodoo
HDV Still: Richard Bolam/Susanne Palzer
In the (on) space I open the closing event of RAM/RAR/RAA+RAP(s) at Access Space with a tribute to digital pioneers Kraftwerk - before offering the platform to other performers. With a cardboard calculator I perform a transcript of digital sounds from the 1991 ('The Mix') dance version of 'Taschenrechner' in German.

Pocket calculator made in the Refab Space, with thanks to John X. Moseley.  

Sunshine Gray - Body Sounds

Body Sounds
DV Still: Susanne Palzer
Next Sunshine Gray takes us back to a pre-digital age and fittingly back into the Media Lab ("pre-RAM/RAR/RAA+RAP(s)"). We are asked to create a soundscape, performing rain, thunder and lightning using only natural acoustics, i.e. body and voice.

Bringing RAM/RAR/RAA+RAP(s) full circle we move into the (off) space of the project, finally turning the former 'vocal booth' in the foyer back into a performance space.

Eddy Dreadnought - Spectre of a Mass Cyberattack

Eddy Dreadnought/Spectre of a
Mass Cyberattack
Photo: Susanne Palzer
A Digital Futurist's live stream is fragmented and interrupted by endless buffering ...

OPEN PLATFORM/RAP: Eddy Dreadnought/
Spectre of a Mass Cyberattack
Timelapse Still: courtesy Richard Bolam
... and eventually we are brutally attacked by viruses, worms and trojan horses.

John X. Moseley

HDV Still: Richard Bolam/Susanne Palzer
John X. Moseley talks about his (non) relationship with computers, the (non) flow of data, boxes, body and mind, amplifiers, a-synchronicity, computers as friends, extreme repair men, the Dark Side, special friends, making things and more.

Richard Bolam - High Dynamic Range Photography

OPEN PLATFORM/RAP:Richard Bolam/High
Dynamic Range Photography
Photo: Susanne Palzer
Richard Bolam asks us to be very still and to not move while he creates a HDR photograph of the audience without a camera or a computer. Including rendering difficulties and computer crashes he takes us through the whole process of exposures, saving and lining up of exposures using 'special software' to compose the HDR image.

OPEN PLATFORM/RAP: Richard Bolam/High
Dynamic Range Photography
Timelapse Still: courtesy Richard Bolam
We are being photographed - one of Richard's 'over exposures' captured on timelapse.

Liz Hall - Edit

Timelapse Still: courtesy Richard Bolam
Liz Hall performs a poem about video editing inspired by her work as a film maker. Making nature documentaries she asks if you can really contain and tame nature in the digital format. What does happen when you compress the raw magnificent material into digital information and force it onto a timeline? 

James Price - Stream

Photo: Susanne Palzer
"... ... save the best 'til last ... stuff I'm just coming up with ... I'm trying not to pause ... technology ... I saw everything ... love in the future ... technology isn't just computers ... I compared computers to fire ... the tech wizards of the world today  ... are like gods and goddesses ... people fetishise things ... it is just a tool ... you can't do performance without technology ... I'm standing on a platform that has been made in clothes that have been made ... we have developed through technology we are made to survive with technology ... the computer is only an extension of this idea ... ... we don't think about stuff any near enough ... ..."

Unfortunately Jake Harries was unable to perform this time.

All performances took place on a wooden platform (65cmx95cm) and were timed to 10 minutes.

We are planning OPEN PLATFORM_2 for November 2012. If you are interested in taking part/performing please email Susanne Palzer.