Network Enabled Shared Space Performances

Network Enabled Shared Space Performances

A presentation given to the Network Music Festival in Birmingham in 2013 on my history with network enabled shared space performance events, the technologies and concepts involved and a set of intentions for future performances.
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Ben Greenaway

February 24, 2013
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  1. of performance events in network enabled shared spaces without Gentry's

    monthly passes on the console, the ritual moves that kept the Authority convinced Factory was somewhere else, some place that paid its bill, there wouldn't be any electricity. ! And Gentry was so strange anyway, he thought, feeling his knees creak as he stood up and took the Judge's control unit from his jacket pocket. Gentry was convinced that cyberspace had a Shape, an overall total form. Not that that was the weirdest idea Slick had ever run across, but Gentry had this obsessive conviction that the Shape mattered totally . The apprehension of the Shape was Gentry's grail. ! Slick had once stimmed a Net/Knowledge sequence about what shape the universe was; Slick figured the universe was everything there was, so how could it have a shape? If it had a shape, then there was something around it for it to have a shape in , wasn't there? And if that something was something, then wasn't that part of the universe too? This was exactly the kind of thing you didn't want to get into with Gentry, because Gentry could tie your head in knots. But Slick didn't think cyberspace was anything like the universe anyway; it was just a way of representing data. The Fission Authority had always looked like a big red Aztec pyramid, but it didn't have to; if the FA wanted it to, they could have it look like anything. Big companies had copyrights on how their stuff looked. So how could you figure the whole matrix had a particular shape? And why should it mean anything if it did? ! He touched the unit's power stud; the Judge, ten meters away, hummed and trembled. blg@bgreenaway.com http://www.facebook.com/bgreenawayDevelopment @blgreenaway Sunday, 24 March 13
  2. VF ’95 - Warwick, UK FIRST LIVE EVENT CYBERCAST FutureSonic

    - SECOND LIVE UK EVENT CYBERCAST Milverton Gallery - THIRD UK EVENT CYBERCAST interFace www.pirate-radio.co.uk ’97 - ... realaudio ‘95 realaudio LTA live transfer agent ‘95 cuSeeMe webcam streamer Cornell ’92, ’94, ’95 Network eXtreme ’96 - ... London/Aberdeen, UK In California there are beeches... Sunday, 24 March 13
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  5. The location of X a place where X is a

    place where you find X . the space which X occupies Sunday, 24 March 13
  6. The Internet Choir Sunday, 24 March 13

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  8. The location of _ a networked performance . the location

    of an audience member.? the location of the performer.? Sunday, 24 March 13
  9. The location of _ the location of an audience member(s)...

    Sunday, 24 March 13
  10. The location of _ the location of the performer(s) Sunday,

    24 March 13
  11. The location of _ the location of the audience(s)/performer(s) Sunday,

    24 March 13
  12. The location of X a place where X is a

    place where you find X . the space which X occupies Sunday, 24 March 13
  13. The location of X a place where X is a

    place where you find X . the space which X occupies Sunday, 24 March 13
  14. a place a place where X is a place where

    you find X . the (identifiable) space which X occupies Sunday, 24 March 13
  15. the space a place in space where X is a

    place in a space where you find X the (identifiable) space which X occupies Sunday, 24 March 13
  16. Network eXtreme more than one location at every location Sunday,

    24 March 13
  17. Attendance at the (identifiable) space which X occupies, and is

    occupied by it’s attendees Sunday, 24 March 13
  18. so, I went out to this club and stood watching

    this film in a bar - I wish they’d had DJs! Sunday, 24 March 13
  19. what makes a good (space for) networked performance? Sunday, 24

    March 13
  20. * the network be deployed to enhance the experience of

    attending a performance * that we consider the network’s capacity to modify location * we attempt to make the sharing of space a key performance component Sunday, 24 March 13
  21. a networked performance and superimposition of spaces the solution would

    be to find within which series of relocations a given performance might reside possibly (most likely) relocations of our physical bodies Sunday, 24 March 13
  22. If it had a shape, then there was something around

    it for it to have a shape in , wasn't there? Sunday, 24 March 13
  23. of performance events in network enabled shared spaces without Gentry's

    monthly passes on the console, the ritual moves that kept the Authority convinced Factory was somewhere else, some place that paid its bill, there wouldn't be any electricity. ! And Gentry was so strange anyway, he thought, feeling his knees creak as he stood up and took the Judge's control unit from his jacket pocket. Gentry was convinced that cyberspace had a Shape, an overall total form. Not that that was the weirdest idea Slick had ever run across, but Gentry had this obsessive conviction that the Shape mattered totally . The apprehension of the Shape was Gentry's grail. ! Slick had once stimmed a Net/Knowledge sequence about what shape the universe was; Slick figured the universe was everything there was, so how could it have a shape? If it had a shape, then there was something around it for it to have a shape in , wasn't there? And if that something was something, then wasn't that part of the universe too? This was exactly the kind of thing you didn't want to get into with Gentry, because Gentry could tie your head in knots. But Slick didn't think cyberspace was anything like the universe anyway; it was just a way of representing data. The Fission Authority had always looked like a big red Aztec pyramid, but it didn't have to; if the FA wanted it to, they could have it look like anything. Big companies had copyrights on how their stuff looked. So how could you figure the whole matrix had a particular shape? And why should it mean anything if it did? ! He touched the unit's power stud; the Judge, ten meters away, hummed and trembled. blg@bgreenaway.com http://www.facebook.com/bgreenawayDevelopment @blgreenaway Sunday, 24 March 13