dorkbot-nyc: Honeygun Labs, Cary Peppermint & Jeannie H. Lee

people doing strange things with electricity

Wednesday, February 4th, 2004 at 7pm at the Columbia University Computer Music Center (see directions below)

featuring the lovely and talented:

Honeygun Labs
Honeygun Labs will present work they've been doing developing content for live remixing in different situations. Their focus is not only on using experimental equipment and techniques, but making what comes out of the gear compelling. They will be presenting work that was shown (and remixed live) this past summer at Deitch Projects as part of the Assume Vivid Astro Focus show as well as talk about performing live video remixes in mainstream clubs across the U.S. as part of a 4-month national tour (and how weird that was). They will also talk a bit about different video-related events they've recently curated.

Cary Peppermint:

Cary Peppermint will talk about his work (past and current) that weaves its way across multiple media technologies. Peppermint will discuss how he does not simply include multiple media as part of his work's formula of distribution and dissemination but rather how his strategies for media synaesthesia include actively "performing" the media. Peppermint's works comprise some of the first real-time performance art realized via the internet including "The Mashed Potato Supper" as part of Edinburgh's Fringe Film and Video Festival in 1995 and "Conductor Number One" included in PORT: Navigating Digital Culture in 1996. Peppermint lives in New York where he consistently releases his work through his performative online database of convergent media.

Jeannie H. Lee

Shh . . . She's Asleep is a solo performance art work featuring interwoven aspects of television, theater, interactive, real-time video processing and new computer music compositions. In brief, Shh . . . She's Asleep is about a woman's unusual night of dreams and sleep disturbances, which an audience passively observes within a fictitious re-creation of the woman's apartment. Believing she is "alone," the woman journeys through passing dreams, during which she unknowingly walks, talks and interacts with video images and audience members as part of her dream world. Preventing her from resting peacefully, however, are various forms of information overload, such as email alerts, news, television, and phone calls, which frequently wake her up and aggravate her unusual habits of parasomnia (i.e. talking, walking, and eating while asleep). In spite of all this, she manages to have several brief moments of deep sleep, during which computer music tape pieces, which represent her sleeping subconscious, are brought into the foreground and played in complete darkness. This work was premiered at List Art Center of Brown University as part of a Masters Thesis creative project in 2003.

NYC, I Love You, Too is a comical, yet touching interactive multimedia performance about young modern-day woman attempting to recapture and share her childhood sense of unconditional love to the general public of NYC. The form and narrative of this work follow the woman's diary entries and cartoons, which share her fantasies and her videotaped and real-life interactions with people she has met in the city. Throughout the performance, the video recordings of New Yorkers and the audience members themselves become part of the woman's ambitious attempts to realize "love" in NYC. No matter how strange, different or bizarre Afterwards, she embarks on explorative and imaginative attempts to say, "I love you" to these random strangers. This work was presented on November 15, 2003 at the Listening to the Sound Kitchen Music Festival at Princeton University.