“What Is Performance Multimedia? And Why is it Impossible To Record Performance Multimedia?” presented by Pellegrino


Session Title:

  • Aesthetics of Electro-acoustic and Digital Media

Presentation Title:

  • What Is Performance Multimedia? And Why is it Impossible To Record Performance Multimedia?



  • Performance multimedia is a live, in the moment, real-time experience for the performers and the audience; it defies the limits of recorded documentation. It is a large multidimensional theatrical event unlike he small personal-size desktop multimedia bundle found on a CD-ROM. A person in the audience at one of my performance multimedia events can choose to pay attention to any one of many elements happening simultaneously. They can look at the live musicians and/or dancers performing on the stage. They can watch me in the pit in front of the stage working with one or more of a collection of multimedia instruments including synthesizers, a laser animation system, computers, a video camera, a video genlock, video monitors, and an audio mixer. They can observe my small monitors and follow my decision-making process as I mix one of my precomposed video streams with my camera images of the live performers as they are digitized and processed by the computer. They can view the resultant mixed images on the large projection screen or any of the multiple large video monitors on each side of the projection screen. They can focus in on any one of those elements, view a number of them simultaneously, or alternate their focus and perspective at will.

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