::fibreculture:: Bloodbath:rollerderby + art

Melinda Rackham melinda at subtle.net
Tue Sep 21 01:10:58 CEST 2010


Saturday 9 Oct  6.30pm - doors open 5.30pm
Tickets through ticketek
BLOODBATH is a collaborative distributed artwork by Bump Projects in  
association with the Sydney Roller Derby League. BLOODBATH features  
five artists - Linda Dement, Nancy Mauro-Flude, Kate Richards,  
Francesca da Rimini and Sarah Waterson. At an all girl flat track  
roller derby game, sensors on the helmets of players feed data to the  
five artworks, generating digital elaborations of the moves and  
collisions on track.

All girl flat track roller derby is a raucous, irreverent game that  
usually results in minor injuries. It runs in bouts of 30 minutes,  
each bout being made up of 2 minute ‘jams’ in which one member of each  
team, the ‘jammer’, attempts to pass the pack and so score points.

For Bloodbath, the packs also have a virtual life, from robust  
wireless sensors (wiimotes) installed on the heads of players,  
collision, speed and rotational information is sent to a server and  
from there, on to data driven artworks. The artists are making their  
artworks live on site, in real-time, and these are projected as the  
game is played out.

Bloodbath builds on investigations into our human tendency towards,  
and attraction to, violence - these trajectories creating  
technological  elaborations of our delighted riveted engagement in  
battle and its dynamics of attack, revenge, defence, collapse,  
victory, deceit and subterfuge. The artists will be working with  
digital manifestations of speeding flesh and programmed digital  
activity. These works both follow and break the rules, embodying the  
generative repercussions of a fracas.

Artists: Linda Dement, Nancy Mauro-Flude, Kate Richards, Francesca da  
Rimini, Sarah Waterson Producers: Linda Dement, Kate Richards Original  
idea: Linda Dement Technical development: Mr. Snow, House of Laudanum  
Publicity: Deborah Turnbull, New Media Curation 

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