Friday, 24 October 2008

Hello Digital 24-10-2008

I have been to the Hello Digital conference yesterday, which was quite interesting to see. One of the things that I realize, during the drumming gorilla presentation from the Glass and a Half Full Production by Cadbury, was that alongside with the digital evolution there is a high demand of interactivity and participation from the audience. One of the factors that the gorilla ad was and still is such a success the amount of accessibility from the audience to that particular advertisement. The ad was accessible to the public to download, and interact, the same time as it was aired on TV. After that there was a chain reaction in Youtube, Facebook, Myspace, Flickr.

Coming back to my project I was thinking that if the audience, which is a large part of my project, is seated then I don’t give them the accessibility and possibility to interact (physically) with the sound. If seated they are limited to seat there until the end, so limited movement limited interaction. They will fill like being in an ordinary performance. The good thing is that the conservatory recital hall is able to move all the seats at the back a have a big space available. Also if there is going to be a performance in the gallery it will be very similar because the audience have to move.

Conclusion: No seats in this project

I am asking myself two things.

1. Is there going to be a performance stage and if so how and where is going to be?
2. I mention before the physical interaction of the audience, how about the digital interaction?

Tuesday, 21 October 2008


So far I’ve been doing mostly two things here at the VRU.

The first thing that I have done, and I am still doing it, was to get familiar with the equipment that the VRU have available. I’ve been messing around with different kind of equipment that might be helpful for my collaborative project or for any other project in the future. I got familiar with equipment like the HP PDA , the 770Internet table form Nokia, the Sony Ericson phone-PDA, the DSLR Canon 350D, the eBeam Whiteboard ( not so much), the Sanyo Digital Media Camera and the Lemur. All of the equipment might be useless by the end of the day but I wanted to know the capabilities of the different technologies that I am surrounded. This approach, of just messing around with the different tools, I believe, is a part of my creative outcome in the future.

1. By knowing the equipment I can be creative using the technology.
2. I will not waste my time reinventing the wheel in terms of technology.
3. I will know the limitations and capabilities of my equipment.
4. I can combine the different technologies.
5. I will know what to look for and where to find it.

The second thing that I am on is my collaborative project that I have to hand in at week 15 (5 Jan 2009). At this point I am still trying to come up with some creative and philosophical decision about my collaborative project. I am also trying to find ways to make the project collaborative with someone else.
I thought that using FreeMind might help me organize my ideas and the outcome that I am looking for. ( Using FreeMind made things a bit clearer and a bit more complicated in a way. Clearer because I have to make decision which eventually will force the project to come to life. Complicate because I raise more questions to myself that I have to answer them.

Thursday, 9 October 2008

Notes for my collaborative project for the MA Digital Arts in Performance 08-10-2008

First session with Greg at VRU

By introducing some questions will help me to understand and realize better the creativity that I am looking for.

1. What is the role of the audience in a performance?
2. How can audience influence/interact with the performers and therefore the composition? By performers I include computers as well.
3. Is this influence conscious or unconscious to the audience and the performers?
4. How much of influence should be allowed to the audience?
This idea is similar to the composer-performer connection. See any serial music and Philip Glass Contrary Motion or Cage.
5. Compare the differences of the same performance system in two different places. Different people- different outcome.
6. How space can influence the writing of a composition? Find out about compositions that were specially made for specific places like the church.
7. In what way should engage the audience in a composition? (conscious or unconscious)
8. Will the audience then become the performer and if so, where is the audience?
9. Above all this, is this going to be an electroacoustic music composition, or an art installation performance?
10. Why people should care about all this?