Ad Mortuos – A Brainwave Performance by Yago De Quay
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annamaria monteverdi/ Settembre 5, 2016/ DIGITAL PERFORMANCE, interactive performance

The performer (vocalist) wear various technologies that allows the broadcast of his brain and body bio-signals through wi-fi connection. An electroencephalogram by Emotiv reads his brain waves to enable deliberate mental tasks and facial expressions to manipulate visual and musical parameters. A gyroscope sensor on his upper chest, attached to the under shirt, reports body orientation. A windows 8.1 tablet on his chest, attached to his hoodie, collects all this data, process it, and then broadcasts it over a network so that other computers can use the data as input for their audio and visual creative output in real time.

Using elements of the Pope’s poem the immortal soldier Athanatoi (Greek –“without death”) sings on “bright love,” weaving a voice of hope through the first tableau. Then Athanatoi falls into deep séance, conjuring thoughts of the afterlife and immortality.

Poet: Stephanie Pope
Spoken word: by LaQuetta Carpenter
Choreographer: Yacov Sharir
Composer/Sound Design: Bruce Pennycook
Visuals: Joao Beira, Rodrigo Carvalho
Costume Design: Kelsey Vidic
Vocalist: Yago De Quay
Dancers: Emily Snouffer, Becca Bagley, Gianina Casale, Summer Fiaschetti, Katie McCarn and Allyson Morales