Re: [-empyre-] networked_performance 2

Hello Komninos:

>From what Michelle and I have seen on the blog, the answer is yes.
Increasingly the "audience" is becoming a participant(s) in the work.  Take
the musical work "Glimmer"  by Jason Freeman, for instance.   Freeman
engages the concert audience as musical collaborators in the shaping of the
performance. Each audience member is given a light stick, which he can turn
on and off during the performance as a way of instructing the musicians. The
information is picked up by computer software (which analyses a video of the
audience's use of the light sticks) and the instructions conveyed to the

The New York Times review of this piece includes the following description
of the result: "As people flicked their lights in swirling, jabbing and
jittery patterns, the musicians played riffs, chords, sustained tones,
honks, squiggles and whatnot?The problem was, the light show was infinitely
more interesting than the music. Still, the audience seemed elated by the

And this, I believe is the point -- not a predetermined composition
perfectly played for a listening audience, but an experience for those
participating, which in this case, as the reviewer acknowledged, delighted
the participants.

-- Helen


on 7/3/05 1:48 AM, Komninos Zervos at wrote:

> what about audience?
> is the auditor(audient) now more of a participant in the performance than
> before?
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