television as art by Milan Atanaskovic /
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Description"To be or not to be?" The question is made by remixing the words of Sir Laurence Olivier in his Hamlet.
The question is always the same, eternal, but here gains new meaning. Being or not being here means to decide to exist in the real or virtual.

In the performance the most vulgar tools at the base of interaction design and digital entertainment are incorporated within a traditional aesthetic vision that gives them absolutely new and unifying meaning.
Technically the performance was designed to use a webcam connected to a real-time software that tracks my movements by associating them with sounds and turning my body into a synthesizer. At the same time my image, projected live on screen behind me, interacts with 3D graphics in order to obtain a kind of augmented reality. The concept behind the performance is the desire of melting togheter two very distant languages: Shakespeare and a video game. So, the onanism of playstation becomes public spectacle, while the aesthetics of ritual theater decomposes in the psychedelia of a videogame.
Authors / Co-authorsFrancesca Fini
Techniquelive media, video
Year of production2011

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A woman discovers and plays with a mirrorball, and so she dies, mesmerized by her own image reflected by hundreds of little pieces of mirror. "Narcissus" myth, reinterpreted by a video that “reflects” the magmatic disintegration of individual identity in contemporary society and the savage search for artificial beauty.
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I mapped the space around me, inserting virtual objects that are turned on by my movement. A webcam frames the scene and sends the information to the computer. When I move my hands in sensitive areas, the video reveals the activated virtual object by projecting a colored sphere, and a synthesizer play sounds - different for each colored area - and it's like playing a virtual Soundmachine. Experiments of this kind have their roots in the 80s, which I quote in makeup and optial clothing.

The experiment is part of a series of performances, ideally dedicated to Eadweard Muybridge and his studies on the Science of motion. In these performances I invent different devices that allow me to paint the space with light and the movement of my body.

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