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Oppera Internettikka

Oppera Teorettikka Internettikka by Igor Štromajer
Skopje, Berlin, Ljubljana 1998/99 | intima.org/oppera/oti



Created and performed by Igor Štromajer - intima.org (singing HTML and Java in English and Slovenian language).

Performed live at:
- SeaFair (Museum for Contemporary Arts), Skopje, Macedonia, 1998;
- Transmediale (Cultural Center Podewil), Berlin, Germany, 1999; and
- Opera SNG Ljubljana, Slovenia, 1999.

Audio recorded live: 18 March 1999 at the Opera and Ballet of the Slovene National Theatre in Ljubljana, by Borut Savski - ministry:of:x-periment.
Live radio broadcast: Radio Student Ljubljana (18 March 1999).

Produced by Anatom, co-produced by Intima Virtual Base and Kapelica Gallery; supported by the Municipality of Ljubljana.

Photo by Igor Delorenzo Omahen, video by Jurij V. Krpan. Special thanks to Bojana Kunst, Nataša Kos, Borut Smrekar.



- "Le Pavarotti du HTML" - Le Slovene Stromajer crée des opéras en code web - par Marie Lechner (Le vendredi 2 février 2001, Libération Paris, France)

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- Language, Literacy, and Technology by Richard Kern, University of California, Berkeley, Cambridge University Press, 2015.



"Igor Stromajer's piece Oppera Teorettikka Internettikka stutters and flickers into life. What sounds like a troublesome fluctuation, soon becomes the snickering and muttering of some distant voice which - for this listener - evoked the soundtrack to one of David Lynch's early student films (probably The Grandmother). It then dives into silence and emerges with a blast of sound. As the name suggests, this operatic piece, weighing in at 38 minutes and 14 seconds, is a journey of prog-rock proportions. Technically, more about the mixing desk and composition than some other pieces, this blends in voice-overs explaining the process of nuclear fission and a distant voice speaking in what may be Latin. Then a dance beat breaks in, fades. And on it goes, voices mixing in and being manipulated along with the crackle and fizz of electronica."
- Mark R. Hancock, Furtherfield Review, 2005



Theoretical Internet Opera by Juliet O'Keefe, Eclogues, 2001



"But beware: Igor Stromajer is also singing the theory of the Internet!"
- Inke Arns, 2000 (Leonardo Electronic Almanach, Volume 8, N.1, MIT Press)



"Le Pavarotti du HTML" - Le Slovene Stromajer crée des opéras en code web - par Marie Lechner (Le vendredi 2 février 2001, Libération Paris, France)
next.liberation.fr/guide/2001/02/02/le-pavarotti-du-html_353260


Igor Stromajer cherchait un art plus intime: "Le Web permet d'instaurer une relation tres personnelle avec l'internaute."

Le crâne lisse et le bouc fourni, lassé des laborieuses présentations de Net art lors des festivals, le Slovene a imprimé la page source de l'ouvre qu'il présentait, en1998, a Skopje et s'est mis a chanter son code HTML. Loin d'enfermer Igor Stromajer chez les petits hommes en blanc, le public lui a réservé un accueil triomphal, et le directeur artistique de l'opéra de Ljubljana lui a ouvert ses portes, en mars 1999, pour renouveler l'expérience, en grand cette fois. Métamorphosé, comme il le dit, en "Pavarotti d'un soir", il entonne a pleine voix l'Oppera Teorettikkaa Internettika, une théorie de l'Internet chantée, disponible en real audio sur intima.org. "Une opération financée par le ministere de la culture", sourit-il, encore amusé par les tres sérieux comptes rendus des critiques d'art. Ancien directeur de théâtre, l'artiste avait pourtant abandonné les planches quelques années plus tôt, insatisfait de la relation passive qui s'établit entre le public et la scene. "Je me suis rendu copte que le théâtre n'était pas le médium qui me convenait, je voulais appréhender un art plus intime. Le Web permet d'instaurer une relation tres personnelle avec l'internaute." Sa volonté de personnaliser l'art, de s'adresser a chaque utilisateur en particulier, l'a amené a s'intéresser tres vite au téléphone portable. Sa Mobile Trilogy, primée au festival international d'arts multimédias Interférences a Belfort, en décembre, regroupe trois projets réalisés au cours des années 1999-2000, qui explorent les possibilités d'un art éphémere sans fil. Stromajer détourne le langage vernaculaire des petits messages écrits - "sms" (short message service) - pour en faire des "sas" (short art service), transforme les mobiles équipés d'un vibreur en jouets sexuels, écrit des sonnets pour téléphones Wap. Dernier champ d'exploration: la navigation sur le Web avec le "GPS art" (systeme de localisation par satellite utilisé surtout dans le domaine de la navigation).

Adepte du low-tech et de la simplicité, le géant slovene n'a qu'un seul objectif: provoquer des émotions. "Je serais un bien pietre artiste si, avec une technologie meilleure, je créais un art meilleur. La technologie, c'est pour Hollywood, pas pour les artistes." Ce ne sera donc pas Hollywood mais Moscou: au printemps 2002, le personnage facétieux se lance dans une nouvelle aventure au théâtre du Bolchoi. "Cette fois-ci, je vais danser le ballet de l'Internet. Ça s'intitulera Ballettikka Praktikka Internettikka.".

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Theoretical Internet Opera
by Juliet O'Keefe, August 2001
Eclogues, www.sfu.ca/~okeefe/previousII.html


I may not get the names right here: bear with me. One great Russian writer (who I remember as Dostoevsky once went running through the streets of Moscow (or St. Petersburg) after reading a newly published masterpiece (which I remember as Anna Karenina) shouting that after reading the said masterpiece, everything he had ever written felt like it had been done in mud with a stick. This has been such a day.

Wonderful European site for different genres of art, including an internet ballet at [via womanonfire, aka Auriea Harvey]. What I find really compelling here is the Oppera Teorettikka Internettikka, which was "created and performed by Igor Stromajer on March 18th, 1999, in the Slovene national theatre in Ljubljana." Here is a tiny part of the libretto:

function Minutes(data) {
for(var i=0;i<data.length;i++) 
if(data.substring(i,i+1)==":") 
break; 
return(data.substring(0,i)); 
}
function Seconds(data) { 
for(var i=0;i<data.length;i++) 
if(data.substring(i,i+1)==":") 
break; 
return(data.substring(i+1,data.length)); 
}
function Display(min,sec) { 
var disp; 
if(min<=9) disp=" 0"; 
else disp=" "; 
disp+=min+":"; 
if(sec<=9) disp+="0"+sec; 
else disp+=sec; 
return(disp); 
}
function Up() { 
cmin1=0; 
csec1=0; 
min1=0+Minutes(document.sw.beg1.value); 
sec1=0+Seconds(document.sw.beg1.value); 
UpRepeat(); 
}
function UpRepeat() { 
csec1++; 
if(csec1==60) {
csec1=0; cmin1++; 
}
document.sw.disp1.value=Display(cmin1,csec1); 
if((cmin1==min1)&&(csec1==sec1)) 
alert("Stopwatch Stopped"); 
else up=setTimeout("UpRepeat()",1000); 

This just kicks ass is about five different ways. I have been wondering if I would come across any aesthetic experiments using programming languages as language--and perhaps I just wasn't paying attention two years ago when this work was first performed--so if anyone knows of any more musical or textual works using programming languages, do please let me know. On the other hand, there is a link at the site to a review in [Paris] Liberation ("le Slovène a imprimé la page source de l'uvre qu'il présentait, en 1998, à Skopje et s'est mis à chanter son code HTML") dated February 2nd of this year, so perhaps the work can be considered to be more recent. Stromayer is quoted in this article as saying "La technologie, c'est pour Hollywood, pas pour les artistes" and goes on to say that the Ballettikka Internettikka will be performed in Moscow in 2002. I'm not sure of the disingenuousness of his take on technology--I find that attitude a bit tiresome when speaking of a piece which obviously celebrates technology--but I'm excited about the direction of this work anyway.

Kenneth Rexroth (in Classics Revisited) describes Dostoyevsky as

a man of many messages, a man in whom the flesh was always troubled and sick and whose head was full of dying ideologies--at last the sun in the sky, the hot smell of a woman, the grass on the earth, the human meat on the bone, the farce of death.

Limitations of the cast-a-net-and-drag type of web search: while attempting to find the publication date of Anna Karenina, to see if the Russian writer anecdote was even plausible, I came across three sites where I could download the text of the novel but not one which could give me the information I came for without, I assume, much digging about. Maybe I'm just too tired to remember some obvious and easy url where I should be looking, but there's gotta be a better way...

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