[NetBehaviour] *// Aether 9 //*

marc marc.garrett at furtherfield.org
Mon Apr 23 13:33:00 CEST 2007

the N3KROZOFT LTD media group

is pleased to announce the world premiere of the collaborative video 

*// Aether 9 //*

Linking nine performers in various remote locations around the globe, 
this performance will occur on May 3rd 2007, 21:00 CET, in the framework 
of Mapping Festival Geneva, in conclusion to a 3-day workshop directed 
by N3KROZOFT members.

*// conditions of participation //*

[1] // participating in the workshop : If you wish to follow the 
workshop in Geneva: plase send an email to wrkshp at 1904.cc describing 
briefly your experience and motivations (moderate knowledge and 
experience of video tools + originality of ideas is expected). Workshop 
dates are: May 1st-3rd, 14:00-18:00. Workshop location: BAC, Geneva (see 

[2] // participating as a remote performer : Artists wishing to 
participate in one of the remaining performance slots: please send an 
email to remote at n3krozoft.com
Requirements for remote performers:
- You need to have access to an imaging device (webcam, miniDV camera) 
and a computer linked to the internet.
- Sufficient knowledge of video tools + performance is expected, to 
operate for instance a webcam and upload its images to a server. Server 
access will be provided.
- Knowledge of Max/msp or Pure Data is an advantage, but not a necessity.
- You are required to be available through skype or similar protocols 
for instructions and synchronisation during the days prior to the 
performance (1st-3rd May).
- 100% availability during the performance and at least 1 hour prior to 
performance is crucial.

*// Questions and Answers //*

Q - What will this look like?
A - The basic concept: 9 different locations will be linked during a 60 
minute performance. The performance will be projected as a 3x3 grid of 
videoframes, such as this:

                ---- ---- ----
               |    |    |    |
                ---- ---- ----
               |    |    |    |
                ---- ---- ----
               |    |    |    |
                ---- ---- ----

Q - When and where will the performance take place?
A - The performance will occur on Thursday 3rd May 2007, 21:00 (9 PM) 
Central European Time. The location is the BAC (Bâtiment d'Art 
Contemporain), 10 rue des Vieux-Grenadiers / 28, rue des Bains, Geneva, 

Q - Is it possible to watch the performance on the internet?
A - The performance will be visible through the internet. Not directly 
as a video stream, but as a standalone viewer application, which will be 
available at http://n3krozoft.com/remote . If you are in charge of a 
public venue, you are welcome to use the standalone viewer to broadcast 
to performance to an audience. Click here to find your local performance 
time: http://tinyurl.com/2rjxhb

Q - Will there be any dogma/ritual imposed on the performers?
A - The content of the performance will be dictated by a formal set of 
rules, which will be established in part during the first 2 days of the 
workshop. The significance of time and the subjectivity of human 
experience in a specific timeframe will be a crucial element of the 

Q - What technology will be used for the transmission of images?
A - To insure the possibility for performers in low-tech situations to 
participate, the system will be designed for robustness rather than for 
speed. Since streaming video needs a considerable upload rate, the 
transmission of images will occur rather through image-by-image upload, 
allowing participants to use slower transmission lines. The target frame 
refresh rate will be 5 seconds, similar to the transmission rate of the 
videophone devices in use during the 1990's. At the main performance 
venue, buffered playback will occur at much faster or slower framerates, 
depending on the performer's actions.



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