review - near in the distance 2
25 June, 2015 | 8:00 pm CEST
MuseumsQuartier Wien | Halle G
Museumsplatz 1, 1070 Vienna, Austria
net:art | near in the distance 2 was a production of the Austrian NREN ACOnet in cooperation with the mdw - University of Music and Performing Arts Vienna, international science networks, and art and cultural institutions (see partners).
"net:art | near in the distance 2" was an interactive multi-site sound and dance performance. Technology and science became allies of the artistic concept and followed the lead of the protagonists.
Spread out in different locations across the globe, musicians, dancers and visual artists were in contact with each other over high-speed audio/video transmission technology and responded live to the signals they have sent and received in real time.
The stage of hall G of Vienna's MuseumsQuartier complex and the ensemble in Vienna formed the centre of the action. The images produced were processed simultaneously, reaching the audience in the form of an interactive "collage". In this unique production the stage experience blurred time and space, as well as physical presence and absence.
Regardless where the artists were located - in Barcelona, Ljubljana, New York, Judenburg or Prague (see venues), or whether they communicated via their bodies or instruments - the huge challenge of this production was to overcome and/or synchronise the latency which occurs in image and sound due to the various distances.
Artists such as the musician and composer Rupert Huber or Rosa Sánchez and Alain Baumann of Kònic thtr (Barcelona) have long been referring in their widely noticed network projects to the synergistic confluence of various disciplines, skills and genres. For "net:art | near in the distance 2" they were composing, choreographing, programming and performing with Richard Dorfmeister, Antye Greie-Ripatti aka AGF, Chris Eckman, Dominik Grünbühel and Victoria Macarte, among others (see artists).