preview - near in the distance 3

Just how close can performers get while performing at different places the world over? Say, in Linz, Barcelona, Prague, Rome, Hailuoto and Mumbai? A multi-site sound and dance performance is an event where performing arts and technology work hand in hand.


© Arno Traninger
© Adolf Alcañiz
© Arno Traninger
© Gerard Spee

All photos were taken @ net:art | near in the distance 2 (Vienna, June 2015).

You could write a book on the technology involved: The proper placement of microphones; problems with codecs; sound mixer consoles; interface cards; LED walls; circumventing firewalls and what not. Lacking very special audio and video software solutions boasting truly low latency capabilities, and without fast high performance networks, multi-site performances are simply not doable in real time.

Behind the scenes, it's all about managing the transfer of signals from distant places, flowing together in one multi-media show. The faster the data travel, and the lower their latencies, the better. We are not talking about seconds, here, but of the blink of an eye. Speed and huge amounts of data combine to challenge the technicians's abilities. But they are prerequisite to any high quality of image or sound.

As in any artistic production, the goal is to enthuse the audience. Not only do the artists command their instruments, but they also play the internet. The internet itself is the unseen facilitator and at the same time the artistic venue, allowing for the artists' interaction. And at any given moment the challenge is to create closeness, even intimacy, and to let them prevail over the distance.


"net:art | near in the distance 3" is the newest sequel in a series of productions that began in 2013. It is an ongoing experiment on utilizing high technology in the performing arts, and is performed on the occasion of TNC17 - The Networking Conference that takes place in Linz.

In February 2017, Rupert Huber and Richard Dorfmeister (Tosca) published their newest album, "Going Going Going". Parts of this album serve as a starting point for Rupert Huber's telematic composition, to be developed further by artists from all over the world. Dance and music shall influence each other. The images of the dancer in Linz are processed and intertwined with the dancer in Barcelona, in real time. This interactive collage then can be received by the audience in Linz.

"performing arts over advanced networks" is a contemporary art form where different venues usually are equipped with fast network access. This time, however, this approach is altered by the inclusion of recordings from Mumbai and from the Finnish island of Hailuoto, both of which avail themselves of low bandwidths, only. Artistic and technical interaction is thus extended to include and contrast different ways and means of expression.

All components of the performance, including the musicians' transmissions from Rome and from Prague are being condensed by way of narrative imagery.

The series "net:art | near in the distance" has a core team of experts that is broadened as needed.

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