- authors and performers: Igor Štromajer & Brane Zorman
- theoretical adviser: Bojana Kunst
- live music (composed, manipulated and performed) by MC Brane Vs BeitThroN
- saxophone: Matjaž Drevenšek
- live video: Igor Štromajer
Live Internet Broadcast (Iridium satellite data connection) from Minami Torishima (Marcus Island), Japan, Pacific Ocean, on Monday, 23 November 2009 at 06:04 GMT/UTC+9
= Sunday, 22 November 2009 at 22:04 Berlin Time
= Sunday, 22 November 2009 at 16:04 New York Time
Ballettikka Internettikka is a series of live streaming tactical art projects by Igor Štromajer and Brane Zorman that began in 2001 with the research of ballet dancing the HTML and Java source code. It explores wireless internet performance combined with guerrilla tactics, dancing toy-robots, and mobile internet broadcasting strategies. The ten-year project ended in 2011.
After invading The Bolshoi Theatre in Moscow (2002), La Scala in Milan (2004), The National Theatre in Belgrade (2005), Volksbühne in Berlin (2006), the City Hall and Lippo Centre in Hong Kong (2007), a construction site in Seoul (2008) and other institutions and their concepts, Štromajer and Zorman performed a new Internet ballet - Ballettikka Internettikka Nipponnikka, broadcasting live from Minami Torishima island, Japan, Pacific Ocean.
Performed action: At the same time that two Suns simultaneously rise from the Pacific Ocean, two robots walk/dive into the ocean, dancing an early morning Internet Ballet at the easternmost point of Japan, the Land of the Rising Sun (Twin Suns + Twin Robots).
Robots often cry - why shouldn't you?
Štromajer and Zorman conducted a complex intimate act of leaving, jilting the two robots in the Pacific Ocean.
The act of jilting is one of the most intimate, personal and merciless deeds, a deed which is at the same time purifying, direct and even reconciliatory. Jilting activates many emotions, traumas and frustrations, both for the one who jilts and for the one who is jilted. Jilting is the act of liberation: if you love something, set it free! Štromajer and Zorman therefore jilted two of their favourite Silverlit R/C Program-a-BOT robots (36€ in retail) in the loneliness of the Pacific Ocean, at the easternmost point of Japan, the Land of the Rising Sun - two suns, each for one robot!
Minami Torishima is an isolated island in the northwestern Pacific Ocean. The hottest place in Japan, it is the easternmost Japanese territory, lying some 1,848 kilometres southeast of Tokyo. It takes about 45 minutes to walk around the triangular-shaped, low-lying island which has an area of 1.2 square kilometres. The island is unusual because the closer to the coast, the higher the elevation: the central area of the island is 1 metre below sea level whilst the coast is about 5 to 8 metres above. There is an airport and a radio station on the island. The island is presently used for weather observation, but little else.
"We shall fight them on the beaches. We shall fight them on the landing grounds. We shall fight in the fields and in the streets, we shall fight in the hills. We shall never surrender."
+ TV Kultura (Moscow, Russia, 25 November 2009)
news about Ballettikka Internettikka Nipponnikka:
+ MUZZIKK Ballettikka Internettikka Nipponnikka
Performed live by Brane Zorman vs BeitThroN and Matjaž Drevenšek - MadSax at ARZENAL DEPO 2K9, Ljubljana, Slovenia
4 December 2009
Long (20 min) version of the original soundtrack composed for Ballettikka Internettikka Nipponnikka:
# Ballettikka Internettikka exhibition in Škuc Gallery; Photo: Dejan Habicht
# Ballettikka Internettikka exhibition in Škuc Gallery; Photo: Intima
- Interfaces of Performance - Affective connection. Edited by Janis Jefferies, Goldsmiths, University of London, Maria Chatzichristodoulou, University of Hull and Rachel Zerihan, Queen Mary, University of London, UK. Series: Digital Research in the Arts and Humanities. Part 5 (Affect) containes an essay written by Bojana Kunst: Affective connection (about Ballettikka Internettikka).