Jiayi Young in collaboration with Shih-Wen Young
Ars Electronica Festival 2017, Linz Austria
Project curated by Andreas Weixler, Se-Lien Chuang, and Volkmar Klien, Anton Bruckner Private University
Performance Assistance: Rachel Max
Medium: Public participatory stage performance, panoramic projection, motion tracking and real-time imaging through 10 Wi-Fi spy cameras, real-time sound visualization, 20-channel sound, selfie sticks.
Length of Original Work: 10 min (original dialogue during performance is muted to protect participant privacy.)
Project Description: Transduction is a participatory stage performance. It freezes an everyday moment in the present time where exact surveillance, identification, and cataloging of the human experience in bite-size chunks seem to threaten individual autonomy meanwhile laying open an often overextended position of reverberation of the self existing in illusional amplification. The work invites audience participation to collectively compose in the precarious balance between self-exposure, surveillance, narcissistic tendencies, and identity construct, and provokes questions about the relationships between people and a technologically integrated landscape situated in an age-old question of the human condition of loneliness and isolation.
On Stage Rules:
1. Volunteers don’t have to be English speaking.
2. On stage, volunteers will be referred to as guests 1, 2, 3.
3. On stage, you are free to be yourself or assume a fictitious identity, and shift between these identities at will, any time, without telling us.
4. when I ask a question, you can choose to answer it, or not.