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Getting Ready

webcam performance

Link to project website


 “Getting Ready” is a time-based web-cam performance and installation for internet broadcast. It takes anticipation as its subject and therefore the process of preparing the environment is the focus of the event. The event is presented in real-time and is received by both viewers at ART Firm gallery in Toronto via a computer monitor installed in the gallery, and by viewers in the virtual community.

The performance begins in my studio. A video camera points at an empty white space. During the course of the presentation, a three dimensional recreation of Edgar Degas’ painting “La Famille Bellelli” is constructed and I enter the finished environment as an online avatar. Through this action a link is made between a virtual environment and a more traditional painterly depiction of space. 

A video camera in my studio captures images every minute and sends them to a server. Images will therefore be refreshed every 1-2 minutes on the website, illustrating the developmental stage of the room installation. When the room is complete and I am in costume the performance ends, and images are no longer transmitted.