[spectre] POWEr: Electronics Absorbing into The Air.

marc garrett marc.garrett at furtherfield.org
Sat Jan 22 14:21:09 CET 2011

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POWEr: Electronics Absorbing into The Air.

Ellen Pearlman writes about Alexandre Burton's and Julien Roy's 
performance at Alberta College of Art and Design in Calgary, Canada in 
November 2010. “We are absorbed by the beauty of electronics absorbing 
into the air,” is how Burton and Roy described their literally 
electrifying, and often frightening forty-five minute audiovisual 
performance of high-voltage electromagnetic disturbances.


Ellen Pearlman is currently a Ph.D student at the University of Calgary, 
Canada in Computational Media and Design with a focus on Telmatics or 
artistic collaborations over the Syneme high speed networks She is 
Artistic Adviser to the Yuanfen Gallery, the very first gallery of new 
media in Beijing, China and part of the Yuanfen Flow (TM), the first 
independent, privately owned new media research institute in China. 
Ellen was on the Art Panel Review Board for SIGGRAPH ASIA in Yokohama, 
Japan and lectured on New Media at the Central Academy of Fine Arts 
(CAFA), and the Communications and Animation University in Beijing, the 
Songzhuang Art Center, and universities in Wuhan and Tianjin as well as 
Columbia University and the MA Program in Digital Design at Parson 
School of Design.

POWEr is a performance based on high-voltage electromagnetic 
perturbations, by Alexandre Burton and Julien Roy. Using an 
audio-modulated Tesla coil as a live instrument, electrical arcs are 
generated and transformed in an ongoing, realtime audiovisual process. 
Electricity is used as a subtle yet intense material, manifested as an 
instrinsically synesthesic phenomenae.


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