Work in Progress performance, Probability @ The Texas Firehouse
Pressure is an evening length lecture in three acts for multiple vocalists, chamber orchestra and pre-recorded music, and slide show. Act I (also titled Pressure) was premiered at The Gene Frankel Theatre in New York, NY on May 4th and 5th of 2008. The vocalist was Jo Lampert. Mike wrote, recorded, mixed and performed the score. He co-wrote and co-directed with Patrick Davison, who also designed and operated the slides. This performance was produced by Avant Media as part of a night of works entitled Triplicate. Act I of Pressure had a self-produced invite-only encore showing at Columbia University in June of 2008. Acts II and III are currently in progress and are scheduled to be completed by Fall of 2009. Act I remains available for performance.
This evening length set of three lectures – entitled Pressure, Proximity and Probability – involve the audience in a rigorous examination of three fundamental humanities: war, love and community. Starting with a well know Artistotle quote, and ending with satellite imagery of the performance venue, we attempt to touch upon everything in between. Some leaps of faith, and logical backflips are – of course – required, but we like to think the audience might leave feeling everything is little more connected than it was when they walked in. The vocalists, though they might be shocked at your lack of expertise, really do have your best interests in mind.
We’re really happy to announce we’ve been asked to be a part of this years Conflux Festival. The first part of the whole shindig is taking place at NYU Steinhardt’s Barney Building, and we’ll be there at 2pm on Friday September 18th.
We’re going to be performing the first part of Probability, and then taking the audience on a guided tour of Google Sketchup and Google Earth Pro. The end goal is to have everyone create their own 3D models, embed them in Google Earth and then create a camera path to move around them. It’s alot, lot harder than it sounds – but provides some really cool technical hurdles.
Anyway, all the infos is below. We hope to see you there!
Probability is a performance for one vocalist and Google Earth about the likelihood you will run into someone you know on the street in New York. After the show, the performers will instruct the audience on how to construct simple 3D models and text in Google Sketch-Up, embed them in Google Earth and create custom fly-through paths to be exported as video.
Using a combination of Google Earth Flythroughs, custom made 3D models and animations, the vocalist seeks to intuit, calculate and develop theoretical models for what seems to be nigh impossible: running into someone you know on the streets of New York City. The performance is about 20 minutes long and will culminate in a Google Earth hacking session where members of the audience will learn how to create simple models in Google Sketchup, drop them into Google Earth Pro and program the camera to fly around them.
Given the set of all the possible locations of all the people you know and the set of all the places you could possibly be at any given time, we purport that the union of all of these pieces of information (the people you know, the places they might be, the places you might be and each’s independent vector in time) is calculable. This intersection – namely “running into someone you know on the street” – maintains several curious characteristics which Probability will seek to explain intuitively, programmatically and logically. It fails, charmingly, on all accounts.
Note: Participants should come with Google Sketchup, Google Earth and Smultron (or similar text editing program) installed on their computer. If they’d like to make videos from their flythroughs, they should have either Snapz Pro or Google Earth Pro (preferred) installed.
Thanks so much to everyone who came out to the Texas Firehouse Show, and thanks to Jeff Thompson for having us. We did two shows, had an awesome time and met a bunch of great people. Drop us a line and say hi!
This coming Saturday the 13th @ 8pm we’re going to be performing at the Texas Firehouse in Long Island City, Queens. We’ll be premiering a work in progress version of Probability, the 3rd Act of Pressure, a piece for one vocalist, Google Earth and music.
We’ve been working day and night the last couple weeks designing custom 3D models, wrestling with Google Earth, learning kml and exporting stupid-high-def video for projection. So we’re really excited about this one, and since its a work in progress, we’re really excited to hear your feedback. So hey! Come on by!
We’re performing as part of an opening of mostly (I think) visual art, so before and after we do our thing there will be plenty of fun and drinks and fun. See you there!
p.s. Show copy and map of location after the jump.
Given the set of all the possible locations of all the people you know and the set of all the places you could possibly be at any given time, we purport that the union of all of these pieces of information (the people you know, the places they might be, the places you might be and each’s independent vector in time) is calculable. This intersection – namely “running into someone you know on the street” – maintains several curious characteristics which Probability will seek to explain intuitively, programmatically and logically. It will fail, charmingly, on all accounts.
To those of you who asked if we could make the text for Hannah Complex available, my apologies. It’s on my list of things to get done this week as Patrick and I are preparing for the KYM / URLESQUE Meme Party show and the Texas Firehouse show. Also coming within the next week or so should be better looking video documentation of Judson Hannah.
I’m working on a program for Probability which will generate a layer file for Google Earth (*.kml) with randomly placed markers within a boundary. I just got it producing useful results after a few hours of hacking away. Huzzah!
We’re preparing the first round of technical experiments for Probability as you read this. We’ve been in contact with the Texas Firehouse and are going to be doing a 7 minute performance of the front section of what will eventually become all of, Probability – > the third act of the evening length Pressure.
For this performance, we’re going to be using Google Earth and Sketchup to create visuals that are both graphic representations and “physical” 3-D spaces at the same time. And hopefully, we’ll be able to use some of Google’s built in swooping around functions to create an effect very similar to the slick, but also costs-money Prezi which I was clued into by my friend, Lotte.
More, very exciting details about the show will be forthcoming!!!