RECONNAISSANCE I

Tokyo-New York Teleconference Wednesday, June 3, 1998

Location One, in collaboration with Roulette, presents RECONNAISSANCE I, a multimedia extravaganza that will give us a glimpse of the wild frontier where art and technology conspire these days. The Japanese Butoh Dancers, Tomoe Shizune + Hakutobo, will dance simultaneously in New York and in Tokyo to music improvised in New York by the brilliant Elliott Sharp. They will dance separately on two different continents in physical space but they will dance together in cyberspace.9:00 PMButoh Dancers: Tomoe Shizune + Hakutobo;Music by Elliott Sharp10:00 PMSolo Saxophone Performance by Ned Rothenberg;Digital Installation + Virtual Environment by Floating Point Unit (FPU);Projections by Janene Higgins + Jae Sil Byun;Screenings of the best video works by Christian Marclay, Neil Goldberg, The Poool;Robot Drama by Adrianne Wortzel.In a major Tokyo-New York teleconference projected onto large screens, Floating Point Unit (FPU), digital installation artists, will utilize a combination of video conferecne technlogies to accomplish a networked interwearving of the Butoh dance performances occurring simultaneously in New York and Tokyo. Through the use of 3D rendering software (VRML), they will create a computer-centric visual environment, a “virtual stage set” into which the dancers will be immersed (superimposed) in realtime. They will move through our own physical space at the sme time as they dance in virtual space!