Directed by Elizabeth LeCompte
Developed with Jeffrey Shaw for his interactive panoramic cinema
Standing inside The Wooster Group’s first interactive, 360-degree war film the audience is surrounded by an exhilaratingly complex narrative space where the action can only be seen and heard through a virtual “peephole” window that scans the circle, controlled by a member of the audience. The audience member must choose how to capture the action, in which the film’s mercurial host tries to articulate the implications of the unique “narrative space” while outnumbered British troops battle the French for control of Fort Calypso and grotesquely enlarged children’s toys vie for attention with politically minded bloggers and unsavory YouTube videos. Each time the piece is viewed, a new narrative experience is spun out of the audience’s very choice to look or turn away. This unique blend of film, visual installation and performance is a brilliant distillation of The Wooster Group’s revolutionary 360-degree genius.
Jeffrey Shaw has been a leading figure in new media art since its emergence from the performance, cinema and installation paradigms of the 1960s, to its present day technology-informed and virtualized formats.
Commissioned by EMPAC, The Curtis R. Priem Experimental Media and Performing Arts Center at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (USA). Produced by EMPAC together with the UNSW iCinema Centre for Interactive Cinema Research (AUS), and the ZKM | Institute for Visual Media (Germany) and in collaboration with The Wooster Group. Supported by the Jaffe Fund for Experimental Media and Performing Arts.