[-empyre-] performing in virtual

Alan Sondheim sondheim at panix.com
Fri Oct 12 04:45:58 EST 2012

Hi Fau,

This fascinates me, especially the ideas of the burden and the official 
version. As you know some of my performances with Sandy Baldwin have been 
attacked at least verbally (sometimes a bit moreso); Second Life is very 
unlike a mailing list, although at least one person threatened trying to 
ban me. And as Julian Dibbell pointed out in A Rape in Cyberspace - a 
seminal essay on online behaviour and its relation to real-world emotion - 
the pain that results is very real, it can be devastating. Jon writes 
about this as well.

The official version, at least for me - the resulting video - is always 
icealized; since we're dealing with pixels, we can go in during the 
shooting and editing and re/create anything we want. I think the videos 
encapsulate a lot of what might be seen as sloppy performance or even what 
might be considered mistakes - encapsulate and discard. The videos also 
imply strong beginnings and endings, whereas the performances and 
installations may continue for a much longer time. This is a little like 
Indian raga/rasa theory, with the drones 'appearing' in the world from 
eternity, continuing eveen when no long sounding in the performance space.

Can you talk a little more about the burden?

thanks!, Alan

On Thu, 11 Oct 2012, Yael G wrote:

> I don?t trouble myself with a divide. it?s a very  artificial way to look at 
> what we naturally do awkwardly -
> communicate.
> It?s all real and unreal on various degree to me.
> Communication technology is just what it is - tech.
> Performance happens in a shared space, the shared space of the performers. 
> the audience pretty soon becomes a burden.
> You want the bandwidth to yourself, and the  preferred audience somewhere 
> else, watching you on a screen.
> You can?t control the way your actions are witnessed even more so when you 
> speak of an environment which every visual aspect is modifiable
> by other users.
> You are left with edited videos that are  your official version.
> Fau 
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