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|Choreography of Everyday
by Teri Rueb (initiator, concept author),
In Choi (java applet and wireless integration)
GPS trackings of dancer moving through Baltimore, MD.
Copyright © Teri Rueb
Choreography of Everyday Movement takes process and performance as
the subject of the work. As a live element, participants are tracked with
global positioning satellite receivers as they move about the city. The
trail of each participant’s movement is transposed into visual terms
as a dynamic drawing generated in real-time wirelessly over the Internet.
Drawings are then archived and presented for viewing in a three-dimensional
format. Each journey is printed on acetate, registered against prior journeys,
and sandwiched between stacked 1/2” plates of glass. The stacks
of glass grow taller over time with the addition of subsequent drawings,
thus creating an expanding “z-axis” through which the viewer
can observe changes in the movement of each traveler over time. The performance
of the piece requires no special expertise. Dancer/pedestrian, performer/spectator,
artist/non-artist each is equally capable of participating in the making
of the work.
Real-time GPS trackings of dancer/driver
moving through Baltimore, MD
Copyright © Teri Rueb
reference data, present as longitude/latitude coordinates in the real-time
drawing, is removed in the final image so as to foreground the expressive
character of the line - a line upon which we project our own interpretations.
This one looks like a deer, that one like a figure with arms stretching
upward, legs intertwined. The global positioning satellite receiver, designed
for precise measurement and tracking, is subverted and re-cast as a kind
of giant pencil or tool for making chance compositions. Marks that reveal
the design of transportation grids become compositions that engage the imagination
like clouds in the sky.
The relationship of performer/spectator is re-configured in the real-time generation of drawings over the Internet. The performer is only visible as an ant-like dot crawling across the screen.
Movement and physical presence are reduced to the most basic abstraction, yet we are amused by what appears as a dynamic animation punctuated with moments of unintended physical humor as the little dot stops at a traffic light or crosses over the path of another performer.
The performer is insulated from the gaze of the spectator both in the moment of performance and in the recorded image of that performance. The viewer never sees the body of the performer, nor vice versa, creating a shifted and mediated economy of the gaze that stands in contrast to traditional live performance.
Java applet and wireless integration developed by In H. Choi [2002 Graduate, UMBC, Double Major: Computer Science and Imaging and Digital Arts]
This project was originally developed in the context of a group project funded by the Rosenberg Gallery at Goucher College curated by Laura Burns. The project involved an 18-month dialogue between myself and Denise Tassin (painter), in collaboration with Goucher faculty and students: Professor Amanda Thom Woodson (choreographer), Andrew Cole (composer) and Kirsten Maurer (dancer). It was presented with the participation of dancers from Amanda Thom Woodson’s senior dance studio, Fall 2001.
It was presented in the project
gallery of SIGGRAPH 2002, San Antonio, US.
The space of frequencies and wavelengths including light and sound as used in radio, satellite, and wireless data transmission is known as Hertzian space. A fluid space of overlapping fields and frequencies, Hertzian space is characterized by connectedness as opposed to the discrete boundaries and territories suggested by physical architecture and visually-oriented constructions of space. Sound, too, has this quality, suggesting a space of permeable boundaries and continuous flows.
In her work Hertzian space and sound become both medium and metaphor for imagining alternative constructions of space, movement, and subjectivity. Like a sonic snow, each work temporarily transforms the physical and social landscape, offering a space for an alternative kind of movement, interaction, play and discovery.
She is interested
in engaging interactions that privilege non-goal oriented and less self-conscious
behaviors that slip seamlessly into the spaces of the everyday. She specifically
uses sound, rather than visual media, in order to allow people to be firstly
immersed in their immediate landscape, allowing a relationship to form
between body, sound, and space. Teri is also inspired by literature including
peripatetic traditions, the contrast between oral and literate modes,
and early 20th century modern literature employing stream-of-consciousness
and internal monologue. She is currently exploring the intimate sound
delivered in headphones as a means of blurring boundaries between sound,
space and subjectivity through an internal monologue that unfolds as participants
walk through Boston Common and surrounding neighborhoods.
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