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html_butoh reviews (selection)
(•)Furtherfield Review: html_butoh
(•)Paperholic: netart/html performances: butoh goes virtual
(•)Transforming Webpages into Choreographed Movement
(•)DerStandard.at: Tanze das Netz
html-movement-library reviews
(•)rhizome news: dance code
(•)Geekgirl: Interactive Internet Art
(•) Loisaida Cultural Wire - Eastvillageradio (Download mp3)
Website Impersonations
The Upgrade! Berlin
Singing Website Wallpaper
(•) Networked Music Review: Singing Website Wallpaper
(•) Loisaida Cultural Wire - Eastvillageradio (Download mp3)
website wigs installations
(•)Pittsburgh Tribune - Review
(•) Post-Gazette.com - Art Review
(•)Arts in Pittsburgh
(•)YouTube - thread
(•)BM-suma, Istanbul Biennial 2007
(•)10th Istanbul Biennial - parallel events
performance series
launch: 01/15/07
launch: 01/15/07
06/10/06 - 06/09/09
03/28/07 - 06/08/07
01/26/07 - 03/31/07
html_butoh enacts the "Global Top 500" websites and is choreographed by their real-time html structure, displaying small video clips, which match each an html tag in the code. The video clips show performers translating the "functionality" of each html tag into movement. The foundation for making html_butoh run is the "html-movement-library", an open-for-participation video clip database. The URLs, and therefore the "stage", changes every 3:28 minutes, running through 500 websites within a full day's cycle.
Questioning the term "popularity" and the way information is indexed on the Web, this piece engages the public to participate in a new visualization of websites. The idea of combining html with Butoh, a Japanese dance technique, comes from a parallel I found between how a web browser scans through html and displays its content, and how in Butoh a dancer "becomes" an image through her/his movements.
By submitting to the html-movement-library every contributor will find her-/himself instantly part of the html_butoh performance.

html_butoh is part of a 2006 commission of New Radio and Performing Arts, Inc., (aka Ether-Ore) for its Turbulence web site. It is made possible with funding from the Jerome Foundation.

09/13/07 - 09/26/07

html_butoh inhabits a web-based performance space that is shared by a "global" mix of participants - its contributors and audiences come from cross-cultural and cross-national backgrounds.
For paraflows07 - the annual convention for digital arts and cultures in Vienna - html_butoh is shown in the exhibition UN_SPACE at paraflow's web gallery.

paraflows07 @ MAK-Gegenwartskunstdepot Gefechtsturm Arenbergpark, and Quartier21/ Museumsquartier, Vienna, Austria. Besides lectures and performances, the exhibition UN_SPACE shows positions in net art and net culture. September 13 - 26, 2007.

The html-movement-library is a web-based repository of short video clips and images by various performers who use html tags, such as <HEAD>, <BODY>, <TABLE>, as a starting point for generating movements. The idea of the library is to develop an expandable movement alphabet of the html language. The goal of the html- movement-library is to provide different materials for visualizing the architectures and language-structures of websites in projects such as html_butoh and Website Impersonations: The Ten Most Visited and more.
YOU can participate now in truly Web-based performances. With submitting your video clips of "html-movement performances" to the library you are instantly included in participating and creating a new visual experience of websites! Send in your video clips.

03/28/07 - 06/08/07

The html-movement-library unfolds as an environment in the gallery space. Visitors are invited to browse, and to add their ideas to the library. As a "data enactment", the library and its projects are based on translating the Web's data representations into choreography.
Click here for a documentation of the html-movement-library installation at medianoche.

Website Impersonations: The Ten Most Visited, a performance event during the show, will utilize the material submitted during the show and online.

Exhibition extended until June 8, 2007 at Medianoche Gallery, 161 East 106th Street, New York, NY 10029. Several workshops will be held to bring the idea face-to-face to audiences. Artist Talk: April 14, 4PM. Performance "Website Impersonations: The Ten Most Visited", May 12, 8PM.

Three out of ten performances of the series Website Impersonations: The Ten Most Visited have been performed so far. The series started on June 10, 2006 -- seven more to go until June 9, 2009! The next three will be performed on April 3/4/5 '08 at LMCC Swing Space@Seaport in New York during the Performance Mix Festival/FestivalHUB.
210 Front Street, 5:30 PM sharp. Schedule:
April 3: www.orkut.com,
April 4: www.msn.com,
April 5: www.yahoo.com.

In Website Impersonations: The Ten Most Visited (WI:TTMV) computer code is used as choreography - the score derives from the html architecture of the homepage of the website. In this performance series, in which I am impersonating different Websites, I am following the html structure of each site "on the fly" and responding to it with movements. The performance directions are generated by real-time source code from the Web combined with material collected in the html-movement-library.
Depending on how the momentary html code of the site is structured, my program picks a graphic from the movement repository - an icon representing the movement along with a description of what to do. I never know which movement suggestion will follow the other, as this is depending on how the site is scripted at the moment. Simultaneously, sound files based on html tags are pulled in by the program: For instance when the html tag "table" appears in the code, the program will interpret the tag as muscial notes "a", "b", and "e", as they are notes in musical notation. For letters such as "t" and "l" the program responds with a percussive sound.
The "costume" is inspired by the "look-and-feel" of the site; especially the logo has an influence on the overall appearance.
In the most recent performance on September 20, 2007, at an Upgrade!Berlin Event in Germany, I enacted Website Impersonations: The Ten Most Visited #4, "www.youtube.com", which is ranked as #4 among "Alexa.com's" list of Global Top 500 websites.
In the performance on May 12, 2007, I enacted Website Impersonations: The Ten Most Visited #5, "www.myspace.com", which was then ranked as number five.
In a previous performance (June 10, 2006) I staged Website Impersonations: The Ten Most Visited #9, and enacted "www.howstuffworks.com".

The next three performances in the Website Impersonations: The Ten Most Visited series will be presented at the Performance Mix Festival at a LMCC's Swing Space@Seaport in New York (210 Front Street corner Beekman). April 3/4/5 '08 each at 5:30PM.

Singing Website Wallpaper gives voice to html by re-interpreting the code of three Websites such as yahoo.com, msn.com, and google.com as a musical score and visualizing the scales as printed patterns on wallpaper. While the sound component of the installation is influenced by the "live" html code of each site, the wallpaper shows "frozen" source code from each site translated into a visual set of functionality-related symbols. Depending on how the momentary html code of the site is structured, the program matches the acccording sound files to each html tag. For instance, if the html tag "table" appears in the code, my program (php) will interpret and "sing" the tag as "a", "b" and "e", as they are notes in musical notation. The same goes, for example, with the tag "head": we hear the "h", "e," "a," and "d." "h" exists in German music notation, so there is an extra "note" to sing...

Exhibition extended until June 8, 2007 at MediaNoche, 161 East 106 Street, First Floor, New York, NY 10029, Tues-Sat 3PM-7PM.

In this installation "old classics" of Website wigs such as microsoft.com, google.com and now - upcoming and new - Website Wigs, Interrupted such as apple.com, intel.com, and others, will be presented in a "networked" environment. The installation will show how these websites are linked among each other: their interlinked structure online is shown in a large hairy diagram across a large wall area in the gallery space, constituting some sort of wig-to-wig protocol. The folder structures within links are visualized through the amount of pins from one wig to the other.
Some wigs will appear in "full" structure, being built four levels down into the html structre of their site, others present themselves as "interrupted" wigs. What happend: A server crash? Or just an interrupted morning hair routine, where the brush got entangled...

THREAD @ Wood Street Galleries, Pittsburgh: January 27 - March 31, 2007. Curated by Michele Thursz.


09/03/07 - 11/03/07

A selection of Website Wigs, and Website Wigs, interrupted, is shown at BM-Suma Contemporary Art Center. Website Wigs are visualizations of the hypertext link structure of websites. HTML code - the way each site is scripted and programmed - is braided into hair representing each Website's link structure as a hair-do. Some wigs that are shown are built four levels down into the site, while others are "interrupted", only showing a smaller section of their structure.

In: Contemporary Baroque - extreme excess, curated by Michele Thursz, @ Beral-Madra-Suma Contemporary Art Center, Istanbul, Turkey. September 3 - November 3,2007