Website Impersonations: The Ten Most Visited -- 05/12/07
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Documentation of performance (Quicktime Movie):

Images taken during the performance:

--> Costume

--> Audience Participation:

Website Impersonations: The Ten Most Visited is a live performance series, which utilizes Web code as choreography. In Website Impersonations: The Ten Most Visited #5 I am taking on the "character" of the website "" - with its logo and color scheme - and perform its html code, which is fed in from the Web "on the fly". During the performance the source code of the website is immediately translated into an ongoing scrolling of images, which each represent an html tag. Every image shows a movement sequence which I am followingin the performance. The images derive from the html-movement-library, an online database of user-submitted movement suggestions.
The audience on location is also invited to participate in the html dance -- and did so very energetically!! Check out the documentation images to the left.

Stream/Technical Details
A php-request goes out onto the website that is about to get performed and returns its current html structure to the program, which now interprets this html tag structure to pull in matching images based on the tag category from the html-movement-library. As a response to the code, adequate movement suggestions from each tag category are displayed. Within each category files are picked randomly, which makes the performance unpredictable. I -- or the audience -- never know which tag will come next. This is up to the way the website is scripted that day, and the way the program makes its choice.

The costume is based on the myspace logo: three "dummies" or "buddies" next to each other. My hat reflects this and has three globes attached next to each other, decreasing in size -- like in the logo...The feathers? They make everything a bit more glamorous...

The sound for the performance is based on pre-sampled very short sound clips which each match a key in the scale. There are also other sound clips representing a whole tag... the program also pulls in the sound clips based on the code of the site.