[....]One of the more exciting places to note is the Williamsburg performance space/restaurant/bar Monkey Town. [....]Kicking off the event last Friday, was the Rhizome curated event Craptop vrs Laptop. [....]Best fitting the profile of tech geek, the husband and wife team LoVid kicked of the evening with one of the most impressive performances of the night.
If you are looking at the picture above and saying to yourself something to the effect of "What the fuck is that?", let me clear that up for you. It is a modular handmade analog A/V synthesizer. Get it now? Yeah, well, me neither. As far as I can tell it's a bunch of mason jars stuck into a table with audio/visual cables hooked up to…something. Somehow this team has figured out how to make this thing project video and make sound, and have it look and sound great. The performance itself falls into some of the same trappings of electronic music concerts where you basically end up watching to people fiddle with some knobs all night, but there is some ievitablity to that. In the 90's the willingness to watch this kind of thing tended to be higher because of the novelty of the instrument, but by now attention spans have become a lot shorter. What seperates the stale knob twitching of LoVid's performance from others is that the object they have built has a sustainable beauty that a mass produced mixer does not.
By contrast, my favorite act of the evening began by laying out a laptop, a cell phone, a wallet, bandana, etc along the floor. I have to admit, I was worried that I would soon smell patchouli and that hippy shit was going to be all over this piece; an interesting ...
Originally posted on Art Fag City by Rhizome