Day 13: (Tue Oct 11, Week 7) Suitcase Realities¶
Notes for 2022-10-11.
New assignment, due Thursday: Project Pitch
Review the collaborative suitcase results. (See Exercise: Suitcase Test)
Discussion of resource limits and prototyping realities.
Review of current themes and ideas.
Themes and Concepts¶
Please remember: the main inquiry for Fall 2022: exploring the practiced relationship between a human performer and an automated instrument. Ideally this creates a synthesis of human intent and machine capability, merging human intuition and cognition, machine behavior, and physical dynamics to create performances not possible by either human or machine.
ambient autonomy/machine intent
machines with personality
reflections of ourselves
What can a machine performance show us about:
our relationship to other living things?
our willingness to engage with other people?
our visual perceptions?
the limits of our bodies?
our embodiment as a meat machine?
our destruction of the ecosphere?
our psychological blind spots?
the limits of our attention?
our needs for dominance or control?
our latent childishness?
our fears and anxieties?
our need for approval?
our understanding of collaboration?
our sense of struggle?
our need for each other?
our willingness to delude ourselves?
our suspension of disbelief?
our willingness to perceive intent?
our assumptions about machines?
Hybrid performance is a form, it can be applied to any concept. A specific performance can emphasize or reflect:
the direct expression of the performer
the surprising variations of a complex process
direct audience interaction
communicating an experience
This is largely a recap of the list from Day 10: (Thu Sep 29, Week 5) Phase Two: Physical.
setting and dressing
3D-printed artifacts and mechanisms
found and purchased artifacts
multiples and ensembles
actuation and movement
mechanical energy storage (springs and counterweights)
out-of-plane 3D motions
sensing and interaction
switches and photointerrupters
IR range sensors
sonar proximity sensors
choreography and animation
real-time Python control system, scripting, motion generation
MIDI performer input
traditional trapezoidal motion control
idiosyncratic physical interfaces, e.g. puppet controller
principles of composition, structure, phrasing, dynamics, and narrative
light and shadow
Source Four lights
Soraa LED lights
Neopixel LED lights
DMX lighting fixtures
shadows: wall, scrim, ceiling, etc.
sound and music
actuated physical instruments
synthesized or prerecorded sound