Live Activations of The Precession: An 80 Foot Long Internet Art Performance Poem

On March 4th, 5th, and 6th, a large-scale durational event extended and activated the 10-screen projected artwork, The Precession, via a systematic orchestration of live elements within the main gallery, catwalk space, and outdoor areas of Hyde Park Art Center.

Friday, March 4, 7:30 - 9:30 pm
Saturday, March 5, 7:30 - 9:30 pm
Sunday, March 6, 6:30 - 8:30 pm

Performance components included choreographed readings of texts being generated upon the façade, a Busby Berkeley inspired movement sequence mixing gestures of labor with embodied formations based on the stars above the building, and live and screen-based responses to works by Sol LeWitt (the sun) and Rebecca Horn (the horned moon). A chorus sang a song, an incoming stream of Twitter texts, and excerpts from the source code of The Precession.

The performance was synchronized with the facade projection using an open-ended structure that repeated approximately every hour (and therefore twice per evening). Visitors may entered or left at any point.

Combining writing, text-mining and processing, the real-time positions of celestial objects and depictions of the laboring body, The Precession constructs a performance of visual-poetic movements across the 10 screens of Hyde Park Art Center's digital façade.

A project of Mark Jeffery & Judd Morrissey

Hyde Park Art Center:

Floor & Wall Installation by Claire Ashley
Finger Extensions (Rebecca Horn 1973) by Sarah Belknap and Joseph Belknap

Justin Deschamps
Sam Hertz
Chris Knowlton
Zihan Loo
Josh Rackliffe
Blake Russell

Live Winged Men
Walter Latimer
Matthew Steinbrecher

SOL Ellie Sorokin
Can you Read My Mind Jennifer Mills Chloe Ditzel
Lecturer Charles Fogarty Mark Beasley

On-screen Night Sky Workmen and Winged Men
Mark Beasley
Joseph Belknap
Chris Cuellar
Fred DeMarco
Ron Ewert
Charles Fogarty
Mike Fleming
The Lenox Twins
Nick Lowe
Anthony Romero

On-screen Night Sky Choir
David Alcade
Benjamin Chaffee
Walter Latimer
Abel Ortiz
Nick Williams

Video Wonderstars Daniele Wilmouth Razan Botea Irina Botea Hope Esser Crispin Rosenkranz Daviel Shy
Video Editor Star Steven Hudosh Daviel Shy
Photo Wonderstar John W Sisson Jr
Design Wonderstar Jin Kim
Wonderstar Performer and Intern James Smith
Yoga Superstar Karen Faith

Thanks to Hyde Park Art Center and The School of the Art Institute of Chicago

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