Re: More Re: undemanding, unambitious, uninformed and uninspired

Richard Povall (
Wed, 1 Sep 1999 12:37:58 -0600

>>If you just use
>>skillful choreography and careful timing of your video, lights, sound,
>>etc, surely you can achieve exactly the same effect, without having to
>>worry about "gaping holes" or other errors?

no no no no no no. There is a qualitative difference between a piece made
with interactive technologies where there is a real, hopefully deep, link
between the performer and the environment, and an exquisitely controlled
choreography/video/lighting scenario. If I didn't believe that, I may as
well just pack up my bags and sell my computers and retire. I'm not saying
for one moment that one is better than the other, just that, at best, these
two things are fundamentally different in what they are setting out to do.



R i c h a r d P o v a l l
Director, Div. of Contemp. Music, Oberlin Conservatory of Music, Ohio (US)
Senior Fellow, RESCEN (Centre for Research into Creation in the Performing
Arts), Middlesex University/South Bank Centre (UK)