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The presentation starts with Nik standing at a podium equipped with a microphone. The setting looks very much like he is about to give a lecture, perhaps over our work of the last weeks. There is an identical podium with a microphone placed behind a wooden screen on the other side of the stage. When Nik is standing at this second podium hidden by the wooden wall, he cannot be seen by the audience directly, but the live video image projected onto the wooden screen makes his performance visible and the wooden screen seemingly transparent.

Every time Nik steps behind the wooden screen, his projected body appears to move as if in different time zones. For example, when walking towards the podium, his body does not arrive all at the same time as if his legs were disconnected from his torso. When he begins a short dance at the podium, the short half-second delay that effects the middle section of his body causes us to perceive it as disconnected from itself, trying to wrest itself free, or as a body in a strange kind of polyrhythmic unity dancing impossible syncopations.

All through the performance Nik is making drawings on sheets of paper and holds them up to the microphone allowing them to speak for him. All the drawings are constructed of one to three straight lines and one to two circles. Because the drawings are so rudimentary they can be interpreted in many different ways; a single line is held in front of Nik's face, an obvious representation of his closed mouth, then it is held up to his forearm suggesting his radial or ulna bones under the skin.

The microphones onstage are never spoken into yet they are on and used to create sound. One example of this is when the piece of paper with Nik's "mouth" on it is slid across the surface making a sound like wind or whispering. Another time a plain circle is thumped against the microphone referring to a drum and yet another moment is when a paper hat is ripped off a microphone to make it shriek loudly.

Some of the questions that accompanied us during the making of this 20-minute performance: How to present knowledge, and how to forget about knowledge? How can one read or listen or see one thing in many different ways ? How can a tool be looked at and used from a different point of view ? How clear or how blurry are images and impressions one encounters?

 

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Performance Excerpt

Excerpt from the Presentation Performance

Similar to , here the sensor is attached to the dancer's belt. Inside a sphere around the sensor there is a time-delayed video image with a delay of about half a second. The adjacent borders of the current and delayed images fade into each other.

 

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Setup


Hardware:

  • Graphics PC with Video Capture Card
  • Projector
  • Polhemus tracking system: 1 Sensor
  • Video Camera



Configuration:

  • Nearly the same technical setup as in . The Video Camera is recording the dancer from the side and transmits a live video image to the graphics computer. The graphics computer image is projected on the wooden screen.
  • The Sensor controls the position of the spot on screen. Thus the dancer is in control of which fraction of his body is displayed time delayed. In the performance we attached the sensor to Nik's chest.

 


Technical Setup

Spatial Setup

Technical Screenshot

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