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Moving Forest (collaboration)

A collaboration with Shu Lea Cheang, Martin Howse and others.

Devised and instigated by Shu Lea Cheang and Martin Howse for the Transmediale Festival in Berlin‚ performed February 1 2008‚ Moving Forest is a 12 hour 5 act sonic performance‚ intervened by an expandable citywide operatic manoeuver with public wifi and mobile technology. Derived from Kurosawa's film version of Macbeth‚ Spider Web Castle or Throne of Bood‚ Moving Forest renders the film's final 12 minutes into a 12 hour sonica of grand scale.

Inside the castle‚ Lady Washizu (aka lady Macbeth) persistently washes imaginary blood from her hands while Lord Washizu (aka Macbeth) is hit by arrows launched by his own archers in a spectacular showdown. Outside the castle‚ the Spider Web forest‚ the oppositional force in camouflage‚ advances.

Linda Dement’s part in the event was to program (using the open source programming language Processing) and project two applications that respond to live input throughout the 12 hour performance. One generates arrows and one generates blood according to incoming data from scrying boards (devices that pick up leaking electricity) and also from human interaction.



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