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Hot Wired Live Art 2 – Airwaves

two week networked live art event

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Hot Wired Live Art (HWLA) is a live worklab model used to devise social and performance networks through the process of collective experimentation. The HWLA network is an international and interdisciplinary group of artists, technologists and researchers with a combined range of skills and technical expertise in electronics, streaming media, sensors, physical (social) space design, wireless technology, live video and audio processing, software programming, telepresence, dance, theatre, film and video art.

The aim of HWLA is to take advantage of the diverse pool of knowledge to develop digital environments in which performance could take place, and to strengthen the ground for further collaborations between artists of diverse backgrounds and abodes. By setting up the HWLA creative worklab and through the process of collective play, research is made on the social and artistic applications of these technologies while generating a discourse around these issues.

The first Hot Wired Live Art (HWLA) worklab, produced by Amanda Steggell and Per Platou of Motherboard took place in Bergen, Norway in January, 2000. HWLA2 – Airwaves, produced by Michelle Teran, took place at the Banff Centre for the Arts August 18-September 2, 2001. Results of the lab were presented at “The Human Generosity Project: Enabling Collaboration over Networks” summit at the Banff New Media Institute, Banff Centre for the Arts, August 25-27, 2001.

Michelle Teran and Scott deLahunta were the two representatives of the collaborative new media performance art group, “Hot Wired Live Art 2” (HWLA2) the second installment. Comprised of eleven artists from Canada, the United States, Norway, Germany and the Netherlands, HWLA were at the Banff Centre for the Arts under the co-productions program for approximately fourteen days. During that time they set out a mission statement, where they were attempting to make ten “software prototypes”, which could be used in other performances and events late in the year, and during future times of collaboration. Teran was the first to speak for the group, who were seated in the audience and checking in via the wireless network, and began with an encompassing yet precise metaphor for their activity, that “for every input there was an output”. Their collaboration for Teran could fit into this model that they were looking for and experimenting with new possibilities for plugging in and drawing from technical, electric, emotional, physical and human power sources. Teran continued by describing that the group dynamic was founded primarily on the interactive hub software called “Keystroke”, which enabled online audio and video mixing to occur, as by using that software with the programmers of it present, they were as a group able to direct energies towards new uses for the software, as well as expansive moves both in testing their own limits as well as the limits of the platform. As each day’s prototype was framed by an early morning workshop session, consisting of either tai-chi, synchronized swimming, or fencing, as well as more formal meeting in the lab-environment, HWLA were able to both physically and mentally bounce ideas off of one another, creating a dynamic that exceeded the boundaries of the box. Interfacing picket PC’s with wireless modems and other audio/video inputs through Keystroke, HWLA were able to not only ‘jam’ offsite, but intervene into the social space that makes up the town site and artists facility at Banff.
Report by Matthew Kabatoff
Banff New Media Institute at The Banff Centre

HWLA2-Airwaves was a co-production with the Banff New Media Institute (BNMI), Banff, Canada.

Participants for HWLA1 and HWLA2: Daniel Aschwanden,  Niels Bogaards, Leon Cullinane, Scott delaHunta, Sher Doruff, Gisle Frøysland, Hans Christian Gilje, Jeff Mann, Per Platou, Amanda Ramos, Ellen Røed, Ivar Smedsted, Amanda Steggell, Michelle Teran

Funding: The Banff Centre for the Arts, The Canada Council for the Arts – Le conseil des arts du Canada, Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade of Canada, STEIM, The Norwegian Department of Foreign Affairs, The Norwegian Arts Council, InterAccess Electronic Media Arts Centre, The Mondriaan Foundation, The Human Computer Interaction Institute, Carnegie Mellon University, Allison Bruce (Ph.D student, Robotics Institute, CMU) and Sonya Allin (Ph.D. student, Human Computer Interaction, CMU) of the TnA Collective.