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If you saw the
performers getting tangled in the webs of yarn spanning the hallway outside
SpaceCamp on First Friday evening, Feb. 4, you might've thought of spiders.
This was, in fact, a
site-specific installation/performance with a serious purpose (entitled "Maps,
Networks, and Nodes"). The performers were recreating what installation artist
Christen Sperry-Garcia termed "the improvisation, chaos, and order" you might
find, say, in the crowded traffic of a Bangkok side street by interweaving long
strings of yarn into a web-like installation.
After their weaving
was done, the performers donned hats dubbed "energy conservation units." Then
they ate soup. Their hats — designed by Brian Dick — were designed
to absorb the energy emanating from the soup.
Inside the gallery,
the most interesting installation was Derrek Curry and Jennifer Gradecki's
"Biofeedback Loop," in which participants got to see a live sex performance in
return for having their facial reactions recorded and their stress levels
measured. All you got to see, however, were their facial reactions on TV and
the record book containing their resulting stress levels!
"byproducts" were the unifying theme of this show, which certainly seemed
clever enough. But don't expect any of this stuff to appear in a peer-reviewed
science journal anytime soon. Open Saturdays through February.
Arts Building, 1043 Virginia Ave.;