Backscatter

BACKSCATTER – interactive visuals, music, performance by Wetcircuit (Holly Daggers). Premiered at ReVISION by Forward Motion Theater at The Tank January 14th, 2011

“Backscatter technology is used by the TSA – a division of Homeland Security – to perform random full-body scans of airline passengers. The scanners create “ionizing radiation”, X-rays powerful enough to strip molecules in the body of their electrons. Charged particles launch from the skin back into the scanner, producing a ghostly nude image that is literally created from body matter.

Fourth Amendment rights are forfeit when passengers consent to the search.”

Artist statement:

My performance piece BACKSCATTER premiered in NYC on January 14th 2011. My first in which I have done 100% of the creative work: music, visuals, interactive camera technology, and the stage performance itself.

The piece is intended to provoke some thought about the TSA’s use of X-ray radiation to produce body scans of airline passengers. While most of the public outcry about the backscatter technology (at least in the media) focused on whether passengers’ privacy could be assured in a digital age, I found some of the health risks to be more alarming.

Unlike photography where photons bounce harmlessly off skin into a cameralens, “backscatter” refers to a process where you are bombarded with enough radiation that your skin blast off its own electrons – in effect you are zapped with enough juice that your body “glows” – briefly, long enough to be seen by the scanner’s sensors. This is how the bodyscanners can see under your clothing. Your skin will glow, your electrons pass through your clothes, and any concealed denser objects are revealed as shadow.

The technology behind the performance includes a camera-based interactive program that translates the body into a 3D field of grids and vertices. The program controls two video projectors, one projecting geometric patterns onto the body, the other showing the dynamic results. The audio is procedurally generated within structured parameters to generate a new soundtrack every performance.

Direct link is here: http://vimeo.com/fmt/backscatter

Backscatter at ReVISION

Backscatter technology is used by the TSA – a division of Homeland Security – to perform random full-body scans of airline passengers. The scanners create “ionizing radiation”, X-rays powerful enough to strip molecules in the body of their electrons. Charged particles launch from the skin back into the scanner, producing a ghostly nude image that is literally created from the body itself. Fourth Amendment rights are forfeit when passengers consent to the search.

Wetcircuit (Holly Daggers) performed as the onstage VJ for Microsoft’s XBOX KINECT launch in November which featured her game-inspired visuals on 7 “jumbo” screens in Times Square and 600+ dancers in a flash mob concert. Her audience-interactive installations have been enjoyed at the Museum of Modern Art and Chelsea Art Museum. She performed concert visuals for Moby and was voted a Top 20 VJ by DJ Magazine (UK). Holly will be creating interactive dancer-poles for the next EYEWASH, Jan 27th at R-Bar.

music, interactive visuals, and physical performance by Wetcircuit (Holly Daggers)
premiere performance date January 14-15, 2011 at ReVision by Forward Motion Theater
http://www.forwardmotiontheater.org/revision-by-forward-motion-theater/12/03/2010

*FANTASY* A New Year’s Eve Spectacular!

Lee Chappell invites you to join him at VIG 27 with Lauren Howe and Full Moon as we host:

*FANTASY*
A New Year’s Eve Spectacular!

Ring in the new year with some of NYC’s best special guest performers * Two open bars at 10pm and 1am * Delicious Hors d’oeuvres * Amazing Music * Video Mixing and “Magic Mirror” Projections by the incredible Wetcircuit * And so much more!

This night of fantasy and fun will also feature a very special music set by world-renowned DJ Ralph Duncan from 12am-1am!! Spinning vinyl only, DJ Ralph Duncan is the star DJ of Vertigo in London and the award-winning producer of the late night dance-mix radio show for FM Yokohama {94.7}.

Special Guest Performers Include:
Christopher Bousquet ~ Contortionist Extraordinaire
Epiphany ~ Sultry Songstress
FYA ~ Grinding will never be the same after this (Electric Tools are involved!)
Go-Go Chris Harder ~ Sexy Boy Burlesque
Jezebel Express ~ Voluptuious Burlesque Bombshell
Johnny Quinlan ~ Lead Singer/Pianist of Alternative Band “Revel Hotel”
Stormy Leather ~ Leather with a Burlesque Twist!

Unleash your *FANTASY*

PRICE: $50 pre sale, $65 at door, reduced admission after midnight
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The party starts at 9pm – NYE – Friday December 31
LOCATION: VIG 27 – 119 E. 27th St (b/w Park Ave South & Lexington)

Desire: a Masquerade

Lee Chappell and Chris Ryan Present: DESIRE A Masquerade on Friday June 25th at Capitale, 130 Bowery @ Grand, 10PM – 4AM. Featuring International DJ’s/Producers Hector Fonseca and Alyson Calagna providing world class beats on the main floor, and Epic recording artist ~ Oh Land making her American Debut.

Visual Projections and “Magic Mirror” Video Installations will be provided by Wet Circuit ~ Holly Daggers and Eric Dunlap.

Decor designed by Lee Clayton, Winona and Lee Chappell. Shien Lee and Muffinhead present “Dances of Vice” a fabulous costumed monthly extravaganza with Live Jazz Music and spectacular performances in the 2nd floor rooms of Capitale.

Chelsea Art Museum

Wetcircuit’s interactive installation at a fundraiser for Young Associates of the Chelsea Art Museum invited guest to step into the art and communicate with it physically.

artist’s statement:

I make video toys that people can play in. This one is very simple. Your shadow agitates a grid of dots on the wall. Excite the dots enough and they will create flashing star patterns. Move slowly and the dots will settle….

My goal with work like this is to engage the viewers curiosity, and to reward experimentation. The interface does nothing but react, but has a coaxing inertia (in cannon) of your energy that feels somewhat like a dialog or duet. Above a threshold it feeds back on itself and can engulf the entire grid.

Press

A wonderful write up at Scallywag & Vagabond

On the wall was a black box, approximately 15 feet square, projected from what appeared to be a command center about 30 feet away. Inside the box: small white dots uniformly placed throughout little pinpricks of light. When someone moved within the box, the white dots would stretch and writhe unpredictably, as if magnetically drawn to the movement.

The art came alive.

As I watched two guys flail before this one-dimensional shrine (to the sound stylings of DJ Sir Shorty), I asked the artist, Holly Daggers, for the name of this crowd favorite. “Ummm, Thing I Created for Chelsea Art Museum?” she responded. I asked if she could control the movements of the piece. “I can ratchet it up or bring it down a bit, but that’s about it” she said with a shrug, before she was struck by a new name for the piece. “Tribute to a Sea Anemone!” she exclaimed. Clearly this piece wasn’t about control – it was about creation – and permanent labels were limiting.