[spectre] [Announcement] Leap second festival 30th June 23:59:60 (UTC)

Andreas Maria Jacobs ajaco at xs4all.nl
Wed Jun 27 18:35:48 CEST 2012

Leap second festival

Festival program

To be updated...
The leap second is approaching... The coming Saturday at midnight, 30th June 23:59:60 (UTC), the first Leap second festival will take place. It will last until the 1st of July 00:00:00 (UTC). Within this leap second all the works of the festival are exhibited and performed.

There are more than thirty participants exhibiting and performing works of different types - video, audio, text, poem, visual, visual text, animation, conceptual, instructional, narration, dedication, musical score, polemic (if we want to categorize them as such).

Most works are shown in digital format and using the net as their venue, though their content might as well refer to other formats, venues and domains - whether online, offline, outline, site, on-site, non-site (or how we prefer). The festival is a distributed event coordinated on the net.

Most works last one second. Though some are time-independent (in format), the basic idea of a miniature work that can be exhibited/performed within one second is followed.

Since the festival only lasts one second, everything has to be shown simultaneously. So, Saturday at midnight, 30th June 23:59:60 (UTC), people going to the Leap second festival site will be able to see all the works executed, exhibited, and performed (or what it takes).

In reality, the festival is an event that happens in a particular time, and not in any particular place. And since we all share the same time living on this free oscillating ball, disregarding relativity theory for the moment, the festival will actually take place everywhere and at the same time. We earthball-people operate with timezones, so take care to check when 30th of June 23:59:60 (UTC) is likely to happen in your temporary zone (autonomous or not).

With this in mind, we proceed to the festival program, and have a look at what will happen during the leap second.

All @ 23:59:60

A number of video works will be shown. Bending Time and Space 1 Second for 10 Times by Jyrki Kirjalainen explores the perceptional illusion of time contraction through a repetition of a one-second sequence of the earth exploding. Change Brief Abridged by Anthony Stephenson is a series of motion studies based on the multi-paneled painting titled "Change - 3 Coins 64 Times". Irena Kalodera's film suite I-IIcan be considered, in the festival's opinion, self-referencial 'motion pictures' and meta-framing. The Four videos by Nico Vassilakis are visual poetry pieces exploring narratives between text, image, and motion. shut@#%$^$up by Cristina Andrieș is described as "The necessary solution to an unnecessary situation" and might be said to be a short and brutal political statement. INTERLICHTSPIELHAUS is showing six approximate seconds, based on 3D-model animations (as far as we know). Whatever by Jan Windle is a 0.8 second polemic on the relationship of the present to the future (leaving some time for reflection before the festival ends). Bonnie MacAllister will be showing What the Water Wore filmed on location in Solomon's Island, MD. Also on the program are Caveat 1.1 by Simon Coates, Geschenke by Visuel Sound : Blaise Merino & Irène Strubbe, Jump/cut//Impossible continuous action by Bjørn Magnhildøen, and Phony Lounge by Pasha Radetzki.
Music, sound, and audio related work in the festival include Frenchmebeer by Jurgen Trautwein AKA jtwine, ordering a draft beer in french.Jaa Nee - Yes No by Karl Heinz Jeron, a computer voice, a possible reference to Joseph Beuys, the bible, the digital, or all... . Daniel Kelley is for this 25th leap second presenting the musical score L25, A Free Oscillation of Earth During the Leap Second of 30 June 2012. In the informal notes, L25 for dummies he says about the work, "Using the Earth as a model of a couple of large bells, which can be excited by a Great earthquake, such as the 2004 Sumatra-Andaman, one of the bells represents the uniform ringing of the atomic time scale, the other bell beats slightly out of phase based on the prediction of change the Earth rotation rate between 29 and 30 June." Another poignant sound work for the festival, concerning global instability and precarity (whether political or physical), is The sound of money by A. Andreas (Andreas Maria Jacobs). This is the sound of 5 years Germany daily electricity prices from 2008 - 2013, squeezed to 1 second and compressed to the audible frequency range.
To continue pigeonholing the works, we've come to textual based ones. Chris Funkhouser's three work that are to be shown - Ascend Pole,Oceans Pled, Placed Scaled Planes Spaced Places - are digital poetry text animations, dealing with anagrams for/of the leap second (which itself can be considered an anagrammatic operation on time). Buffering... by Bjørn Magnhildøen is an instruction piece about the stopping of time and mind. Classic Outlines (part of the Fast Food Classics) by Yiorgos Chouliaras is a poem which can be read in less than 1 second (by an epically fast narrator/reader). Dedication Pieces by Stefan Riebel is a performative textual piece, dedicating to the leap second. k!: cal 1752 by Alan Sondheim presents a textual command that outputs the singular calendar of 1752 when it went from Julian to Gregorian. Halvard Johnson's word-poem spacetime.doc deals with an aspect of spacetime. Andrew Topel's [untitled #1], [untitled #2] are instruction pieces for anybody to perform during the leap second. Also to be exhibited are Nick Mattan's text animation [untitled], John Connor is Peter Parker byMargo Wolf, Messi by Roger Cummiskey, One Second Om by Peter Grass, and Records by Albert Negredo.

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