Premiered December 3 & 10, 1995 at The Kitchen, NYC
Performed by: Salley May and Erin Fitzgerald; Ishmael Houston-Jones (in NY) and Dennis Cooper (in Santa Monica); Cathy Weis and Jennifer Monson (in NY) and Michael Bielicky (in Prague)
The 1995 performance event Cathy Weis & Friends was the precursor to Weis’ Live Internet Performing Structure, or LIPS. Performers in Los Angeles, Prague and New York City joined together for this three-part evening of live performance, video imagery and Internet streaming.
Following the Politicians pre-show event, Ishmael Houston-Jones performs a tightly structured improvisation onstage in New York to music played by his friend Dennis Cooper live in Santa Monica. Each performer makes his choices based on what they hear and see. A camera downstage captures Houston-Jones’ performance and is combined with Cooper’s soundscape streaming in over the Internet.
For the final section, Weis collaborated with Prague-based artist Michael Bielicky and New York dancer Jennifer Monson. An evolving visual environment was created by live video feeds from both Weis’ camera on stage in New York and Bielicky’s camera in Prague. The images of the two spaces separated by thousands of miles merge and distort. Weis appropriated the glitches which added rhythm and texture to the visual environment. The result was a sort of chance-dance as the unpredictable Internet technology froze and fractured images.