Int. J. of Arts and Technology   »   2014 Vol.7, No.4



Title: Media in performance - the Subway project


Authors: Andrew Quitmeyer; Michael Nitsche; Ava Ansari


Digital Media, Georgia Institute of Technology, Atlanta, Georgia 30308, USA
Digital Media, Georgia Institute of Technology, Atlanta, Georgia 30308, USA
Tisch School of the Arts, New York, NY 10003, USA


Abstract: The collaborative media-art project Subway combines the mediation of a dance performance with interactive digital technology toward a new performative feedback loop. In a response to the restrictive practices regarding dancing in public in Iran, Subway applies digital technology to connect performers in the USA with those in Iran. Together, they create a new mediatised performance. The piece uses digital technology to break a dance video documentation into individual frames, which become the basis for a cell phone application that allows performers in Iran to re-enact individual poses. Finally, each pose is sent back and re-assembled in the documentation of the shared event. The text outlines the background of this work, its implementation, as well as the particular condition for the socio-technological context, and ongoing and future work. Subway is presented as a piece of experimental media performance art that integrates technology in a transformative way as it answers given cultural challenges.


Keywords: digital performance; activism; digital media; mobile technology; participation; dance performance; interactive digital technology; USA; United States; Iran; dance video; video frames; cell phones; mobile phones; pose re-enaction; shared events; Subway project; experimental performance art; media performance art.


DOI: 10.1504/IJART.2014.066454


Int. J. of Arts and Technology, 2014 Vol.7, No.4, pp.356 - 372


Available online: 21 Dec 2014



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