AV Lodge

  1. Edited from documentation of AV Lodge Presents: Fruit Machine performances at the Phoenix Fringe Festival, March 26-28 2009. For more information visit avlodge.com.

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  2. The onanistic robot dreams of eroticised and dysfuncitonal fellow robots. The more he excites himself, the more energized his fantasies become.

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  3. Adrift in a psychedelic miasma the White Ape communes with his Dymaxion brethren.

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  4. Parts 5 and 6 of Fruit Machine. The Master smacks her critters and the boys respond. Followed by giant marsupials flying through Pittsburgh to the punk rock music of Brain Handle.

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  5. The final performance from Fruit Machine. A lone bagpiper in improvised band regalia plays in front of live generated video created in Processing and played through VDMX via Vade's excellent screen capture plug-in (002.vade.info/). The Processing application randomly generates 3000 tartans registered with the Royal Tartan Society and was created with programming assistance from Michael Levy.

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AV Lodge

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AV Lodge is the ongoing media performance project of Hilary Harp + Suzie Silver.

Fruit Machine is a campy hour-long media performance that uses a dynamic interplay between live and screen-based events to probe the relationship between bodies and fantasies.


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AV Lodge is the ongoing media performance project of Hilary Harp + Suzie Silver.

Fruit Machine is a campy hour-long media performance that uses a dynamic interplay between live and screen-based events to probe the relationship between bodies and fantasies. Inspired by a long tradition of camp aesthetics, especially Jack Smith’s homemade participatory glamour and Leigh Bowery’s extravagant perversity, Fruit Machine brings together camp and digital performance. Using Arduino microcontrollers, Bluetooth and Max/MSP/Jitter, we create physical props and costumes that actively influence screen-based and sonic events. The overall performance is more mutant musical or concert than play. As much emphasis is placed on sound as image, with props and costumes functioning as audio-visual instruments. Fruit Machine includes ten short acts: five live sections and five pre-recorded “music videos.” It is designed to be an intimate, improvisatory performance, and it is structured to allow for revision, expansion, and excerpting.

“Fruit Machine” was a name given to a Canadian device designed during the Cold War to ferret out homosexuals from the civil service and the military. The subjects were made to view pornography, and the device measured the pupils of the eyes, perspiration, and pulse for a supposed erotic response. The word “fruit” in our title refers to both a quirky, eccentric or queer individual and to the fecund sex organs of plants. “Machine” references the rather technical engineering of the lurid and antic images. Camp codes of high artifice and excess, and camp’s self-conscious celebration of exotica are all at work here. Fruit Machine occupies a unique place at the juncture between technically sophisticated interactive media and a humble and carnivalesque aesthetics reminiscent of a folk ritual or a school play.

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