Day 3: (Tue Sep 6, Week 2) Hybrid Performance; Webots Modeling¶
Notes for 2022-09-06.
New assignment, due before next class: Exercise: Precedent Research.
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Review a few assignment submissions.
Discussion of hybrid performance.
Short presentation framing the questions.
Breakout prompt: what kind of performance could be structured around the double-pendulum pair?
What relationships would you explore between each of performer, machine, and audience?
How would that be expressed purely through movement?
What content questions would you pose?
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Hybrid Performance Discussion Notes¶
foreword: we are pragmatic more than theoretical
form and subject matter vs content
a triangle of relationships:
audience ⟺ machine
machine ⟺ performer
audience ⟺ performer
examples to consider
live musician, non-vocal
club DJ (sound + automation, often also light and projection)
puppetry (several styles)
motion capture actor
machine operator (e.g. backhoe, machine shop, drone)
what is the performer interface to the machine?
can intuitive or unconscious intent be expressed?
what are useful working points on the spectrum of improvisation and composition
can the audience build empathy with the machine?
how does seeing a visible performer change this?
how does knowing about the performer change this?
can the audience’s expectations about machines be subverted?
is the intended content about machines? or does the performance just use the machine?
is the automation perceptible? does the machine have perceptible agency?
what changes if the performance is recorded and replayed without the human?