Sabine Breitsameter on Thu, 11 Jul 2002 17:25:12 +0200 (CEST)

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[rohrpost] Heute: "Frankensteins Netz" von Atau Tanaka

Sorry for crossposting


Thursday, July 11, 2002, 9 p.m. CET
listen online:
and on air on SWR2:

Final Mix of “Frankensteins Netz/Prométhée Numérique/Wiretapping the Beast"
Radio Composition based on an interactive Internet-installation
by Atau Tanaka

Mythology and literature have been reflecting since ever the fear of
new technologies becoming uncontrollable and taking on a life of its
own. Aischylos' ancient “Prometheus" and Mary Shelley's
“Frankenstein" from 1817 are famous examples. Atau Tanaka took both
motifs as the basis of his interactive audio piece and made a Kreatur
( appear, which dwells in the
digital networks.

A mysterious being consisting of binary data has been making contact
during the last months, by SMS or e-mail. It has been luring users
onto its website and asking for being fed by text-, sound- and
visual-data. The incorporated material has equally become the audio
piece's basis as the transcontinental live performance via Internet
between artists at the ZKM Karlsruhe/Germany, in Montréal/Canada
(McGill-University) and in Ogaki-City/Japan (IAMAS-Institute) during
the Intermedium-Festival in Germany in March 2002.

For his piece's final version Tanaka produced a mix using all the
performances which had been taking place simultaneously on March 23,
2002, in Karlsruhe, Montréal/Canada and Ogaki-City/Japan and were
connected via the Internet.

An important role in the “Final Mix" plays the Kreatur, which had
been composing autonomously during the live event as a virtual
performer, using the input of the Internet-users, uploaded since
February 20, 2002, to the project website.

Reiko A.,
Christiane Bachschmidt,
Steve Karier,
Shunichiro Okada alias i.d.
and Zack Settel

Internet-creature: Antoine Schmitt
databank-server: Peter Hanappe
composition and realization: Atau Tanaka
editor: Hans-Burkhard Schlichting
dramatic director/producer: Sabine Breitsameter

Production: Südwestrundfunk 2002

In co-production with ZKM Institute for Music and Acoustic/DLR
Berlin/Radio-Canada Montréal/Goethe-Institute/intermedium 2 2002;
in collaboration with McGill-University Montreal and the Institute of
Advanced Media Arts and Sciences (IAMAS) in Ogaki-City, Japan

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