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

ReVision January 14-15, 2011

ReVision by Forward Motion Theater presented by The Tank
http://www.forwardmotiontheater.org/revision

Date: Friday and Saturday, January 14-15, 2011
Time: 8PM, pre-show 7:30PM

The Tank
354 West 45th Street (bet. 8th & 9th Ave)
A/C/E to 42nd Street/Port Authority
Tickets: $15 advance, $18 at door
Purchase: BUY ONLINE or at the door
http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/139354

Six independent works by Performing Artists incorporating
Technology, Dance, Spoken Word, Costume, and Music

featuring:
Blue Muse Dance
Kim Gibilisco Dances
Wetcircuit
Eric Dunlap
Jon Keith Brunelle
Mikhail Torich
Urban Wash Dance
DJ SphinX

Swirliens – The AlieNation at reVision

Swirliens (premiere)

AlieNatioN & Wetcircuit & Eric Dunlap

performance by Raquel Giberstein & Hector Perez choreography by Eric Dunlap
costumes designed by Hector Perez
live visuals by Wetcircuit
music by Mixtress vs Chiano

Presented at Re:Vision Tempera Libre, June 30, 2010
Produced by Forward Motion Theater
forwardmotiontheater.org/tag/revision

URBAN WASH DANCE Eat the Floor

A collaboration between Urban Wash Dance Company, Wetcircuit, & Olek exploring Game Theory “tit for tat”.

choreography – Rebekah J Kennedy
performance – Meredith Shank & Rebekah J Kennedy
visuals – Wetcircuit
music – ActivePhaze vs. Stapleton
costumes – Olek

presented at Re:Vision HITS, Mary 23, 2010
produced by Forward Motion Theater