Eep! Got a little wrapped up and just plum forgot to post. Still plugging away at the visual performance instrument/framework sometimes known as PIGS (Percussive Image Gestural System). It’s happily transformed quite a bit since the early iterations, so performance is better we can do some more complex/subtle things. It’s mainly all using OpenGL now (still in Jitter, taking advantage of Hap codec), and my SVEN collaborator Wojciech Kosma has been chipping in some of his Gl expertise so we can do more things with gestural and content movement than with sound – which is really the idea behind the project.
Hope to post some new video soon so you can see what I’m blabbing about.
I’ll be performing CyberSpaceLand tomorrow night in San Diego at “Am I Drawing Now?” hosted by the UCSD Experimental Drawing Studio. The VJ Übergeek Textperience returns, performing the Inimitable Internet with some colorful new twists. Music by DJ 2005!
JUNE 6, 2013
SME 202, UCSD
Show starts at 8pm…. the party and music continues after the show.
Map and more details on the Facebook event page.
Here’s video documentation of the “Violent Movies Unraveled” “public window” show I did in December at iotaCenter. In this prototype performance, two violent movies – Psycho and Scarface – are “unraveled” onto separate screens so that the attackers face the attackees. The screens in this case are adjacent apartment windows. Although sound wasn’t used in the proto-show, I’ve included split-screen composites below that show the source videos with sound.
Since the beginning of film history, cinema has compressed physical space onto a single plane – the movie screen. This means, we never really see characters face to face – no matter what they’re doing to one another. “Violent Movies Unraveled” re-edits famous movie scenes for two screens so that attackers face their attackees.
Split-screen composites of the source videos with sound:
Going to Berlin? My 2005 artistic software, Scream, has been included in the Tools of Distorted Creativity exhibition at Transmediale 2013, Jan 29 to Feb 3. If you’re in town, stop by and belt out some inner turmoil. It’ll make you feel better. After all, look what it did for the guy in the Munch painting…
Update: 10/15: After that early experiment, PIGS was rewritten to better incorporate live action video and to be more efficient for real-time performance. It’s a project under ongoing development. It’s webpage is here.
Here’s PIGS’s debut performance in “Rocket’s Red Glare: Things Exploding on YouTube,” an audiovisual improvisation with clarinetist/sound artist Curt Miller.
ORIGINAL POST FROM 2013:
Very first experiments with PIGS (Percussive Image Gestural System), a new framework for visual performance based on percussion gestures (but not sounds) – and non-rectilinear forms. I grew up performing music, and still play drums now and then. In doing visual performances, I’ve found myself instinctively performing it as though I were playing a visual percussion instrument. Although I tend to approach sound/visual pairings with skepticism, in this case, we’re not really using sound, just borrowing from a particular sound-based practice.
Anyway, here’s a very first video. The system is very rough – content and processing are in a very basic stage, and there’s lots of latency right now. The percussion audio is just there for illustrative purposes – PIGS is intended to produce visuals only. You can read more about PIGS on the YouTube page:
I’ll be doing another “Unraveled” ad-hoc performance in West LA Saturday 12/7, starting at 7:30. This one is called, “Violent Movies Unraveled” and features Scarface and Psycho “unraveled” to place attackers and victims side-by-side on two windows – so they have to “face” each other as they carry out their cinematic acts. It’s an experiment in re-spatializing linear screen-based cinema.