Ballettikka Internettikka: Volks Net Ballet, 9 July 2006, Volksbühne Berlin, Live
Štromajer and Zorman manipulated a semi-automatic flying cow and eleven robots dancing an internet ballet, MC Brane conducted an MP3 orchestra!
People's Internet Ballet furtively performed at - and secretly broadcasted from - the Toilet in Volksbühne, at Rosa-Luxemburg Square in Berlin, Germany (on Sunday, 9 July 2006 at 9 PM)
- authors and performers: Igor Štromajer & Brane Zorman
- theoretical adviser: Bojana Kunst
- live MP3 audio (composed, manipulated and performed) by MC Brane Vs BeitThroN
- live video editing: Igor Štromajer
Special thanks to: Robert Sakrowski, Ute Fischer, Sven Holly Nullmeyer, Irena Pivka, Dejan Habicht, Jana Renée Wilcoxen, Nikolina Bujas-Pristaš, Goran Sergej Pristaš, Aldo Milohnić, Aleksandra Globokar, Daniel Družeta.
VolksNetBallet was broadcast in the form of six one-minute streaming videos, almost live, with only two minutes delay. The visitors were able to see and hear in six steps what had just happened only two minutes earlier during the VolksNetBallet in Volksbühne. All six videos were edited live in-camera, using only STOP and REC functions, then immediately converted to Real Media files using Real Producer, and finally, transferred to the server for viewing.
Artists utilized low-tech mobile and wireless equipment for the invasion and live broadcast: a public unprotected wireless internet connection point (wLAN), available for free at the Rosa-Luxemburg Square in Berlin (ID: Helmut22; signal strength in the basement of Volksbühne: 2/5), free RealProducer (version 11.0) and Live LE software for streaming video and audio live manipulation.
Volksbühne Basement Toilet
1 - Volksbühne toilet seat
2 - flying cow (with wireless camera)
3 - robots: Silverlit R/C Robot Program-a-BOT (1x) + Silverlit Robot MaxiPal M-III (10x)
4 - impediment for Program-a-BOT robot
5 - wireless camera and transmitter: DraganFly Eyecam Extreme 2.4GHz Color Wireless CCD Video Camera with 2.4GHz, 4 channel switchable, 50mW ultra-light transmitter
6 - wireless video receiver: DraganFly 2.4GHz, 4 channel auto-selecting A/V receiver/down converter with Circular Polarized Flat Patch Antenna
7 - Mini DV camera: Sony DCR-PC1000E
8 - video mixer: Vivanco SBX 4T
9 - online video computer: Sony Vaio VGN-S2XP PCG-6D1M wLAN
10 - audio computer: ACER Travelmate 660LCI
11 - Volksbühne basement toilet ceiling
Performing a wireless people's internet ballet in Volksbühne Berlin represented a big conceptual and strategic challenge to all the collaborators, therefore, the preparations were taken seriously, safety measures were calculated, and the previous experiences from the Bolshoi Theatre in Moscow, La Scala in Milan and The National Theatre in Belgrade were very welcome.
Description of selected equipment:
# flying cow: toy / Black and White cow with wings. It flies around and around with realistic flying motion. Fasten hanger to ceiling. Turn the power switch on and give this flying cow a start. Wingspan: 16 inches. Realistic flying motion. Flapping wings. Hanging Hardware. Retractable wings. Glittering eyes. Operates on 2 AA batteries. Not suitable for children under 3 years of age. Made in China.
# wireless camera and transmitter: DraganFly Eyecam Extreme 2.4GHz Color Wireless CCD Video Camera with 2.4GHz, 4 channel switchable, 50mW ultra-light transmitter
# wireless video receiver: DraganFly 2.4GHz, 4 channel auto-selecting A/V receiver/down converter with Circular Polarized Flat Patch Antenna
Ballettikka Internettikka: VolksNetBallet took place on the very same evening and at the very same time as another huge people's festivity - the final match of the World Soccer Cup 2006, which also took place in Germany.
# Volksbühne, Rosa-Luxemburg Platz, Berlin
Action Timetable / Volksbühne Berlin, 9 July 2006 GMT+1:
20:45 Final equipment check at Rosa-Luxemburg Platz in front of Volksbühne
20:50 Turning the computers on
20:53 Establishing wireless Internet connection (wLAN ID: Helmut22)
20:55 Entering Volksbühne, descending the stairs, entering men's toilet in the basement
20:59 Start of live Internet broadcast of the people's net ballet, end of equipment installation
21:04 Transferring the first streaming audio/video package
21:08 Transferring the second streaming audio/video package
21:12 Transferring the third streaming audio/video package
21:15 Transferring the fourth streaming audio/video package
21:18 Transferring the fifth streaming audio/video package
21:19 Exiting men's toilet in the basement, climbing the stairs, exiting Volksbühne
21:21 Transferring the last streaming audio/video package
21:22 Terminating wireless Internet connection (wLAN ID: Helmut22) and turning off the computers
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Project was financially supported by the the Ministry of Culture of the Republic of Slovenia.