Website Impersonations: The Ten Most Visited -- 09/20/07
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Website Impersonations: The Ten Most Visited is a live performance series, which utilizes Web code as choreography. In this performance - #4 - 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 each of the performances the source code of the website is immediately translated into an ongoing scrolling of images, which each representing an html tag. Every image shows a movement sequence. 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. The series is presented in a multiple-media approach of live performance, real-time web-feed, and installation set-up.

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 youtube logo: a tube. My mask is the big red tube with the word "tube" over it...My overall shows the star rating functionality of the site...everything seems to be five stars here!?!

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 with its letters representing keys in the scale or else percussive sounds. The php-program also pulls in the sound clips based on the code of the site.