Friday, February 25, 2005

Fun with avatars

Last night we went to a cyberformance - a piece of theatre performed by four artists based around the world called Avatar Body Collision (isn't that just the coolest name?). Their work is based on the interesting concept that you don't have to be in the same geographic location as your fellow performers - or even in the same location as your audience.

At last night's show, Swim - an excercise in remote intimacy, there was one performer on stage, one at a "secret Wellington location", one in the UK and one in Finland - all interacting in real time using visual chat software.

We watched a shortened and cynical version of Hero and Leander, "one of the greatest love stories of all time", and a happy-fied version of New Zealand's own Hinemoa and Tutanekai (also "one of the greatest love stories of all time").

The best bit for me though, was watching an artist in one frame/location seemingly kiss an artist in another frame/location, leaving a nice big lipstick stain.

* Ooooh look, I'ved edited yesterday's post to include a whole bunch of helpful links for NZ-challenged readers...

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