1. Randall Packer

    The Post-Human Condition

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    Week 4: February 4 - 10 (Adobe Connect)

    In the context of performance, we will discuss the mediated transformation of the body, the man-machine dialectic, mechanical utopias and dystopias, the cybernetic organism (cyborg), wearable computing, remote sensors, gestural control, brain waves, motion capture, robotics, viewer-performer interactivity, and the use of virtual and physical controllers to engage with and manipulate the artistic work. In the post-human condition we are concerned with the sculptural and performative use of interactive forms that involve the body and its extension into the virtual environment. From the Italian Futurists, Bauhaus, and Dada to present day works, we will explore the relationship between the human body and technology, the dissolution of boundaries between man and machine, and the notion that we are all cyborgs tethered to our mobile devices.
  2. Randall Packer

    Identity Multiples

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    Week 5: February 11 - 17 (Adobe Connect)

    A discussion of identity construction and character formation in performance: the notion of the double, the avatar, and the narcissistic lure of the alter ego. An in depth look at historical and contemporary role-playing in online environments: MUDs, MOOs, Second Life, the Palace, hypertextual fiction, game strategies, e-life, and other forms of text-based and graphical desktop theater. We will study works and forms that include choreographic and gestural works in virtual space, as well as social media and networked relations between active performer-participants assuming multiple identities and character. We will explore the psychological dimensions of “life on the screen,” including the effects of multi-tasking, the confusion of identity, alienation, aloneness, fragmentation, and addiction.
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