[Performance] Top Secret International

The work is different from what I expected it would be. In general it is a bit fragmental and does not have a well developed engaging curve in terms of interactive experience. Sometimes I got bored. It might be the information I already knew about from tv series that got me distracted. There is a lot of information feeding, but less missions or imaginations compared to Remote Mitte. In addition, my 2 hour personal route was too long and it made me impatient.

It is a piece discussing secret and privacy in society arranged according to a central event of recruiting intelligence agents. The voice in the headphone introduces the application procedure, normal tasks, and the intelligence systems all over the world. Participants are asked to make choices and carry out orders such as meeting with another person to exchange information, listening to a victim’s story, walking somewhere, and taking notes. Every participant holds a notebook which is used to track his/her position in the space and to indicate the choices he/she makes. The whole tour happens in the Egyptian wing of Brooklyn Museum. However, it does not have anything to do with the exhibition. The exhibits are only used for locating. It makes sense to have the museum tour as a disguise for intelligence agents, but the exhibition is distracting since this is still a performance.

The idea of recruiting people is great. It creates excitement, fear, and self-doubt. In comparison, the idea of observing other people and guessing their purposes is not convincing or interesting enough to keep me in the world of the performance. The questions are piercing. Asking myself those questions was challenging, but I still feel that there could have been more interactions or information closely related to the questions to keep my mind on track. The walking and drawing missions are not specific. The best part is the last half hour. I already thought about how the participants were being monitored, but when I finally input the password on a nondescript computer and saw the headshots taken without permission on a ground plan, it was still shocking. The image was so beautifully designed and user friendly. It made me feel naked. Then based on my answers to the questions during the tour, I was given a CIA recruiting form, said to be a real one.

Actually I only made those choices to try to make my experience more dramatic. I mostly chose the evil way so that I got to hear things about China which I believe was created by Kefei. Even the fear I wrote down fit into the context. It was betrayal. The word I got from a man was “failure”. The strange thing was that I did not really feel how unacceptable my answers were although I would have chosen a different one if being honest.

On my way out of the museum I saw the man again. We smiled to each other like we were sharing some kind of secret.

[Performance] Top Secret International

[Performance] Meeting

Antony Hamilton 和 Alisdair Macindoe 的作品。整个表演50分钟,气质统一,非常朴素有趣。开始是一圈木头盒子中间,穿着松垮运动衣的双人舞,动作逐渐复杂强度变大,风格有太极气功机器人舞的影子。木头盒子是自制的打击乐器,铅笔敲打着地板,间或发出配合的乐声。后来乐声和人的动作之间有越来越强的互动关系,动作的机器人舞特征在这种互动关系中创造了很多趣味。双人动作也有各种逻辑关系,相同的,相似的变形,彼此配合形成图像的动作(同时),以及形成因果的动作(先后)。再后来加入了人声,数数,也是以节奏为核心,和打击乐的节奏相映成趣。中间会有一些打破表演状态的停顿,两个人擦汗,回到自己的身体,然后再重新一起进入表演状态。最后一切沉寂,两个人在很暗的灯光中翻转到圈外,重新摆放64个盒子,让它们朝向同一方向,并且把被敲击的材质从地面换成了更多样的物体,有各种大小的圆盘子、长的共用的方盘子、管子、鼓面、铃铛、方框等等。这时候乐器变成了核心,节奏和音色更让我觉得有东方的风味,有时感受到木鱼、钟、鼓的感觉。演出在十几分钟的乐器表演后结束。

现场放了三个乐谱架,上面记了整个演出的结构顺序,和数字台词的提示。的确是非常复杂,动作和台词都非常难记。更难的可能是对这些小乐器的编程,原创设备需要很多试验才能找到美的效果吧。据说整个项目做了一年半。

整体是机械风格和东方淡然柔和的气质的结合,二者融合得非常自然。视觉的朴素也很舒服。乐器的造型配合了这种简单朴素,内在又大有文章。喜欢。

[Performance] Meeting