elicit (2001)

Participants' every movement, small or sweeping, births stuttering text onscreen

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en/traced, a collaboration with dancer / choreographer Jeanette Ginslov, is a composition of relationships between a highly trained human body, an enfleshed machine, and a real-time programmer. The three fractally realized parts form an extra-ordinary body whose organs are distributed between them. In the en/traced trialogue, the machine watches the form, eliciting text with its motion; the programmer watches the screen, beckoning these characters with his keys; and each answers the other two in turn. The relationship between the three bodies is also a body itself - an/other form of consciousness. This composition disrupts the usual relations of looking. Viewers are invited to see the spaces between and in ’seeing,’ they are eliciting another new body between parts. This fractal composition begs questions of experience, relationships, consciousness and enfleshment.

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Artist Statement

elicit is a large scale, interactive installation where every movement of the viewer, small or sweeping, births stuttering text onscreen. The viewer's motion elicits, character by character, passages from odys' text. The piece responds to small movements, writing the text onscreen slowly for the viewer to read, or to rapid passersby, whose full bodies birth hundreds of flying characters, impossible to decode.

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