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trans-locale explores the transitory nature of interaction and examines the potential of movement as a physical and virtual activity.

The work is an intervention within online video conferencing, a vast and varied network of users connecting to conferences by conditions such as themes, level of experience and membership. Within this still relatively new technology, there are already certain standards which have evolved, particularly in how users present themselves, generally staring blankly at the computer screen. In stark contrast to this, trans-locale throws into this virtual environment perhaps one of the most inherently physical activities, dance, and within that one of the most stereotypically passionate and intimate of dances, the Tango. The work broadcasts two dancers from a live space into the online video conferencing environments. A computer programme automates the dancers movement around the Internet, connecting to a conference for a set period before disconnecting and connecting to the next.