en/traced (2001) | Interactive Stage Work




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Published on May 31, 2010

entraced, a collaboration with dancer / choreographer Jeanette Ginslov, is a composition of relationships between a highly trained human body, an enfleshed machine, and a real-time programmer. The three fractally realized parts form an extra-ordinary body whose organs are distributed between them.

In the en/traced trialogue, the machine watches the form, eliciting text with its motion; the programmer watches the screen, beckoning these characters with his keys; and each answers the other two in turn. The relationship between the three bodies is also a body itself - an/other form of consciousness.

This composition disrupts the usual relations of looking. Viewers are invited to see the spaces between and in 'seeing,' they are eliciting another new body between parts. This fractal composition begs questions of experience, relationships, consciousness and enfleshment. text by nathaniel stern

en/traced stems from Stern's installation work elicit:
elicit is a large scale, interactive installation where every movement of the viewer, small or sweeping, births stuttering text onscreen. The viewer's motion elicits, character by character, passages from odys' text. The piece responds to small movements, writing the text onscreen slowly for the viewer to read, or to rapid passersby, whose full bodies birth hundreds of flying characters, impossible to decode.
Viewers are asked to look at the spaces between language and meaning, the luxuries of stuttering and silence as communication, and the effects of accelerated and decelerated time. elicit physically places viewers at the center of co-invented noise, forced to perform - willingly or not. The hidden text has been reduced down to where it no longer has meaning and is re-birthed, with possibly infinite meanings, or none at all.

Ginslov was asked to perform with this technology.

Performed at the Genkor Art Gallery
June 2001
for the 3rd annual www conference 2001
RAU University, Johannesburg, South Africa
Jeannette Ginslov performs in collaboration with Nathaniel Stern and interactive software
Music by Jahn Beukes
Shot and edited by Marcus Neustetter


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