For this performance, Diggers will be collaborating with drummer Cameron Wisch.
Diggers is a series of works about failed cybernetic utopias. Through the use of networked media, aleatoric score, and performative feedback, Realtime media is contextualized as an interdependent and fluctuating psychic space; an extension bridging interior and exterior awareness.
“Headgames” is a Diggers performance negotiating the relationship between the body, a head-mounted camera and projected screen. Using a series of specific choreographic arrangements, the performer initiates different states of balance in the signal.
The image is processed through a custom software system which is controlled by two handheld wireless sensors. The image is sonified, connecting the body to the mediated image.
Based off of Paul Ryan’s notion of “threeing” the Headgames score represents different relational positions that one can take when mediating communication. The form of these positions resembles a circuit, or a system of interrelated processes. Each position allows the participant to relate to the content of a message differently in order for a behavioral feedback circuit to occur.
Through this feedback, the signal is extended into the environment through light and sound. It becomes something that can be given form and sculpted through movement. Through this embodied choreography of signal, the internal psychic space of the performer becomes immediately externalized and the process of finding balance can be enhanced and made observable.
Diggers is a project of Eric Barry Drasin and collaborators.