This is an audiovisual live performance piece which discusses people’s behavior in a highly organised society.
This is a realtime audiovisual performance piece which discussed people’s behaviors in a highly organised society. We are questioning what would happen when people begin to overthrow this highly organised society, and what would happen when people fail and everything goes back to the normal state.
In the beginning of the piece, people behave normally. We used different perspectives and scenes of people walking around to show people’s life in a highly organised society. Gradually, everything enters a chaotic state, with people’s wish to overthrow the current society. People’s facial expressions go crazy, while the visual composition of also goes crazy. After the chaos, everything goes back to normal. People’s wish failed, and everything become distorted.
Perspective and Context
The form of our performance was inspired by the chapter of Granular Synthesis. Miki and I really like the /Modell 5 – Granular Synthesis/. So we made a lot of close shots of people.
In Miki’s post, she mentioned a lot about the message. I will add something about the content of video. The concept of walk and stand was inspired by some post modern performance art. We watched John Cage in class, which gave me a lot of inspirations. He walked around the stage and made some meaningless actions to make sound. In other post modern performance pieces, we can also see a lot of walk. I am curious about what walking means to people. Does it have a specific meaning? Or it’s just a normal daily action.
Development & Technical Implementation
We brainstormed some key words and then made a list of content to shoot based on these keywords. We also created several storyboards for shooting.
We spent two days to finish our video shooting. The footages include facial expressions, legs with two shoes, running, throw shoes, walking, and a time-lapse video. We also recorded audio in different places.
We selected some footages and categorised them into three folders: utopia, chaos and distortion. We also found some audio and video footages online.
For the first version, we created a simple patcher based on our footages and played with these footages and some color effects. We are not satisfied with the effects. After talking to Eric, for the second version, we played with some crazy Vizzie effects, including time effects, color effects and composition effects. And we also found better audios. We don’t want over-effects in the whole performance, so for the third version, we tried audio and effects with all of the footages, and decided only to use them for the second and third categories.
After figuring out transitions, we created presentation mode and assigned input signals to our MIDI controller. We distributed tasks and practiced together.
In the whole development process, Miki and I worked together.
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The performance was good. I was responsible controlling audios while Miki controlled visuals. We were pretty nervous, but it didn’t hurt the performance. In the opposite, the performance was better than our rehearsals. One thing that could be stronger is how we distributed time to each sections. We could rearrange the time and give some sections more time.
This project was a good experience. I learned a lot through the whole process, from brainstorming to final performance. I realized it’s always good to start with a strong concept. And all of the video and audios should be guided by the concept. Besides, collaboration is also important. Teamwork makes production and performance much easier and more efficient. For performance, it’s always important to have rehearsals and practices. People can’t find the errors unless they do rehearsals and practices.
For our project, all of the sources are pre-recorded. It would be great if we can add some live elements next time, like live sound or body movements.