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Rearch Assessment Exercise 2008

Charles Kriel

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Research Outcomes

Outcome 1 - DSM5
Projected 25 x 50 metres, covering the fragmented surface of the 18,600 sqm Daniel Libeskind-designed ROM Crystal, DSM5 took as its formal starting point both the innovation of visual arts audio-visual performativity, as well as the unique site of the ROM Crystal (DSM5 is to date the only work designed specifically for this structure).
In content, DSM5 was a live projected AV work delineating the fragmented Deconstructivist surface of Canada’s leading cultural institution, via a meditation on the development of diagnostic techniques for mental disorders; the differences between the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders I (DSM-I) and the DSM-IV were used as road-maps. In execution, the work also sought to comment on Libeskind’s practice itself, with its culling of consistent themes from his previous works.


Outcome 2 - Ground Loop Alibi
Covering the interior of the gallery, Ground Loop Alibi, formally, created-by-example an architecture and methodology for performance artists working with new digital audio-visual performance tools. In content, the work explored notions of subjective difference via performative meditations on a fused, dual metaphor - the electrical ground loop, and the role of the Alibi Man on the American carnival (a ground loop is an unwanted current flowing between two points that should be at the same potential, but are not; Alibi Men are carny "fixers" who travel ahead of the show, using money to encourage the police to adopt a "carny" reading of the law). Kriel grew up on the American carnival, and his father was an Alibi Man.


Outcome 3 - Flap / Bye
Flap and Bye are two contemporary dance works by choreographer Sarah Warsop, designed to incorporate video in their performance. The commission was to create a stage-based aural and visual performance environment, rather than the traditional music composition and staging built to accompany dance.
The aim was to create a performed audio visual environment as a monolithic compositional element. The audio visual work for both Flap and Bye were works independent of the choreography, yet both functioned to incorporate the choreography as though all were of a single piece.
The starting point for Bye was "how different people say goodbye", from sound, through text, to gesture. Flap was a far more intimate and ambiguous work, choreographed for a single dancer, and requiring a single monolithic projected image.


Outcome 4 - Kriel EM at Glastonbury on BBCi / BBC Three
As part of a series of telecast artworks, BBCi / BBC Three commissioned Kriel to produce a twelve-hour performative video work to accompany BBC Three’s coverage of Glastonbury 2004. The work was performed in three four-hour segments using prototype DVJ technologies from Pioneer Electronics, and was available on BBCi via BBC Three. It was the world’s first live nationally telecast expanded cinema performance.
Expanded cinema is the practice of live video mixing from prepared visual elements, as lexia, to create an on-the-fly visual monologue. In some practices, it is narrative in form, however, for this commission, the first parameter set was to create a continuous, four-hour visual stream which remained blank in terms of narrative function, allowing the live, performed tele-visual content and stream to act as a sort of mass visual unconscious for the viewers.


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