November 23-25, 2012
The circus, named for its shape, has traditionally been a spectacle involving myriad performance artists. Crowds draw to it, eager to bear witness to human feats of creativity and strength. Music, theatre and spectacle; the circus is a place of cultural transmission.
Each piece asks us to reflect upon the intersections of modes; particularly how the ancient practices of artistic communication (i.e. live music, performance, etc) are in dialogue with New Media. Distance is obscured and made mutable in the telematic AudioVisual Meditations. Musicians in both New York City and Manchester, UK improvise to create spontaneous compositions while oceans apart. We are asked to consider the changing nature of human collaboration and interaction via the internet in NET WORKERS|NET WORK|NET WORTH? (Hansen). Pieces such as Kin-Hackt (Clemente) and Motion Glove (Paraskeva), utilize real human motion to trigger interactive audio and visuals in performance. The New Wave opera, Estelle’s Cadillac (work in progress) directed by Jason Trucco explores narrative storytelling in the age of TV and in the era of the interactive screen.
All of the works bring consciousness to the intersections of media systems already in use, how they feed back into each other and create new meaning. Digital technology is quickly saturating the collective unconsciousness, unleashing limitless creative possibility. The relatively growing affordability of technologies and the proliferation of open source mentality puts malleable technologies into new hands every day. MEDIA [CIRCUS] is the merging of new mixed media arts with the traditional performing arts in a lively, open and creative setting.
 Telematic meaning an aesthetic experience over distance.