In 2012, as we observe the economic crisis manifested in anti-austerity
outcry in southern Europe (notedly in Greece, Spain, Portugal), we are
made aware the widened gap of North-South within the European Union.
The ‘crisis’ however does not contain in euro-zone alone. October 13, 2012
marks the day of Global Cacerolazo (dubbed global noise) as massive
protests across dozens of cities from 25 countries took to the streets.
Cacerolazo, a form of popular protest with stewpot hitting/generating
noise, was started in 1971 in Chile, against the shortages of industrial
products during the Salvador Allende administration. Over the years, the
Cacerolazo form of demonstrations has spread global-wise whenever
crisis/protests of sorts took place.
In solidarity with Cacerolazo movement and in recognition of woman
labor/force, laptopsRus proposes crisisRus, an online global Cacerolazo live
performance with woman performers, homemakers, artists, activists across
north-south continents and east-west hemisphere. We plan to create an
internet/mobile app. platform, where we take in the noise of beatings on
pots and pans, the discontent and the demand for reform. Outreach and
networking will be focusing on South east asia, south America and Africa,
echoing the crisis we face in our own homeland. With remote feed (via live
streams), the live performance remixes slogans, signals, noise and visuals
in AV manifestation. LaptopsRus/CrisisRus pumps up the volume of
Cacerolazo masses in voicing, coping, solving the imminent crisis that we
Modelling after United Nations security council meeting set up, LaptopsRus/CrisisRus
sets up its performers in the center of a circle with the audience seated around. In any
given city we perform, we recruit 2-4 local woman live performers in AV performance
genre. Each works with the theme of ‘crisis’, ranging from personal, financial, political
crisis they are facing/experiencing/advocating. For each performance, we also
connect globally. We locate in various cities/countries woman live performers. Here
we expand the definition of live performer to include writers, activists, housewives,
blue/white collar woman workers, cleaning ladies….. Via netstreams or mobile app.
transmission, we receive the remote/global feed of visual/sound echoing the crisis
encountered by the general public as demonstrated on street protests. At the center
of the performance set up, we are equipped with laptops, AV mixers while surrounded
by powerful sound speakers. A projection screen is set up on the front wall where
cities/countries of participation are marked with a time clock, indicated the local time of
each city. Visual/sound expressions from all performers are remixed for the projection.
During this council meeting/ performance, while we highlight each performer’s account
of crisis with each of their self-expression occupies an AV channel (on website or on
plasma/ipad display), we will only recombine/scramble the AV materials as collective
AV projection and amplification overlapping the time clocks. The seated audience are
encouraged to bring their pots, pans, spoons and forks in voicing their discontent and
jointhe Cacerolazo masses. As we stage the performance in different cities,
we build on googlemap a network of woman live performers global-wise, in
movement with spreading global crisis we can no longer escape.