Lisa Marie Naugle (
Tue, 20 May 1997 04:50:25 -0700 (PDT)

Scott-Thanks for the support re the 18th performance. Right now I'm very
much rethinking the process....several last minute problems have brought me
to reflextion...

We will be putting up information from the performance...though not in the
same way...

For the May 8th we had very good technical support, yes ISDN. Also on the
May 8th event, NYC received sound and images from Vancouver for 90 minutes
and would then use the musical material in their improvisations.

May 18th was alot more risky. We were in a new performance space, new
technical crew and equipment, four new musicians and minus one dancer, plus
one new dancer. Both times we (Vancouver) received sound only
intermittently. The NYC site detected musical content from Vancouver more
often (than Vancouver receiving sound from NY). We were on a 28.8 modem.

The images were clear at both sites during both events.

Bye for now,

>Lisa -- I hope your 18th performance went well. Not possible for me to make
>it as that would have been 5 AM here in Amsterdam -- although I suppose I
>could have made an effort to get up then.
>Just checked out the transcript and images from your rehearsal on the 5th of
>May -- will you be
>putting up the same information documenting the performance last night? It
>would be very interesting to be able to compare the two... the rehearsal
>document reads like many other chat, moo and cuseeme conversations I have
>been part of, 90% of it is an attempt to sort out the technology. It seems
>like you are getting quite a bit of tech support for the project... it would
>be nice to know what sort of connection you had. The images seem very sharp,
>not at all like what you find over normal phone lines, was it ISDN. Did you
>ever get the sound to work well?
>Speaking of internet/cuseeme performances: has anyone spent any time at the
>Heaven site which Paul Sermon has been working on? The reflector was
> -- I'm not sure if it's up any longer, but there were two
>'bots' running the site(one named Dr. something or other, the other was 'Ex
>Machina') delivering video and various bits and pieces of pre-scripted/
>recorded information. I missed the opening on 14 May, so whenever I visited
>only these 'bots' were there. They displayed very little 'real'
>intelligence, and I was onto them in a few seconds. However, they fooled me
>for a moment, and the arrival of more and more intelligent agents is
>imminent. Given that Gary Kasparov has just made a major contribution to our
>collective intelligence regarding AI by proclaiming that 'deep blue' made
>it's first non-computer-like calculation... which may just speed up
>developments in this area, I wonder when we will be participating in one of
>these on-line performances with agents instead of humans?
>As Negroponte's little saying goes (more or less) -- the amount of
>information communicated across a room with a single wink far outpaces
>anything we see in the communication activity on the net. Yet, we will
>persist and in doing so begin to fill in the gaps with other mechanisms.
>But, as these mechanisms will be part of the media framework within which
>intelligent agents are also trying to evolve -- do we see a day in the
>future when our efforts will converge?
>Scott deLahunta and Susan Rethorst
>Writing Research Associates, NL
>Sarphatipark 26-3, 1072 PB Amsterdam, NL
>tel: +31 (0)20 662 1736
>fax: +31 (0)20 470 1558

Lisa Naugle, Ph.D Candidate
New York University
Music and Performing Arts Professions
Dance Program
New York:(212)604-4163
Canada: (604) 731-8385
Fax: (604) 731-0128
Researching at Simon Fraser University
School of Contemporary Arts