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Performance at Brown University Interrupt

Foofwa d'Imobilite, dance
Alan Sondheim and Sandy Baldwin, Second Life avatar performance
Azure Carter, song and camera performance series - RIperform jpgs
216, 218, 220, 221, 230, 234, 236

2 hours of setup mishaps then running on a slower machine and line than
expected. Foofwa dances/proscenium & somewhat in the round, Second Life
projected behind him. Here doubled spaces and problematic: full round in
Second Life projected on a screen, proscenium and partial round in real
life, flattening the screen which is pushed further into the background
by virtue of the architecture, So modalities of architecture, performance,
and dance/behavior interact; the full depth of Second Life becomes more
illustration than anything else, and the shallow depth of the proscenium
becomes fecund, replete with possibilities, in the partial darkness. These
are orders of the real and virtual, of dancing and engineering, which
still clash in the new century; the entanglements will take decades to
work out, as human beings adjust to the newest furious computation speeds
tending towards more elaborate interfaces. The performance appears oddly
barren in the photographs; with sound and audience, it was electrifying.

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