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Trinity College Dublin PRESENTS

if() then() else()

as part of the Dublin Electronic Arts Festival (DEAF)

a multimedia performance incorporating music, film, theatre and audio-video technology

written by Mike Liffey
featuring Bulraga

Printing house, Trinity College
October 25th-29th @ 6:15 & 8:15

Admission: 10 euro at the door. Tickets also available at www.tickets.ie at 11 euro (includes a booking fee)


if() then() else() is a multimedia performance that combines traditional disciplines such as music, film and theatre, with technologies such as real-time video processing and multi-channel sound distribution. This performance is an adaptation of the video piece, if () then () else (), by Mike Liffey.

In if ( ) then ( ) else ( ), technologically-influenced aesthetic issues are shaped by a Brechtian approach to realism. This manifests itself in a type of self-reflexive performance where music and sound are essential elements.

if ( ) then ( ) else ( ) uses aesthetic issues arising out of developments in image technology. One technological development of particular relevance to the piece is the contemporary phenomenon of encountering multiple streams of visual and auditory information through the computer interface. Software applications for work-related activity exist on the same interface as applications for leisure activity. Therefore a user will frequently oscillate between work and leisure mindsets, multitasking in a cognitive sense. This type of activity is analogous to the Brechtian spectator who
ideally must be both engaged by and critically removed from a dramatic presentation. This computer aesthetic is used throughout the piece to reinforce the Brechtian idea that the spectator should oscillate between states of engagement and critical awareness.

This production is a result of collaborative research conducted by postgraduates and staff from the Music and Media Technologies, Department of Electronic and Electrical Engineering and the School of Drama, Film and Music. The research collaboration explores a role for novel audio, music and
imagery techniques in the creation and presentation of new drama and has been supported by Trinity College through a Research Capacity Building Award. The research has been coordinated by Prof Frank Boland of the Department of Electronic & Electrical Engineering. The production of if()
then() else()
is the first production arising from that research.

Featuring Christopher Carroll and Bulraga
Written by Mike Liffey
Directed by Layla O’Mara
Music by Linda Buckley
Produced by Fionnuala Conway

Audio systems design: Enda Bates
Video systems design: Brian Solon

Venue: Printing House, Trinity College
Date: October 25th - 29th, 2006
Time: 2 shows each night - 6:15pm and 8:15 pm
Tickets: 10 euro at the door. Tickets also available (incl. booking fee) at www.tickets.ie.
Limited number of seats.

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