as part of the Dublin Electronic Arts Festival (DEAF)
performance incorporating music, film, theatre and audio-video technology
house, Trinity College
25th-29th @ 6:15 & 8:15
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.
Christopher Carroll and Bulraga
Written by Mike Liffey
Directed by Layla O’Mara
Music by Linda Buckley
Produced by Fionnuala Conway
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.
number of seats.