2016

ULTRAPRESENCE 2016
single evening site specific performative event
@ NII x ALPBAU
Aleksei Taruts

Exterior view. The performer is standing by the window on the 2nd floor of an empty commercial building. Video projection, streamed directly from youtube, can be seen behind him.

review in russian by borya klushnikov

1st floor

4 SUBWOOFERS (1KWTT EACH) + 2 SATELLITE SPEAKERS (700WTT EACH) ARE ROARING ACROSS THE 500SQUARE METERS OF EMPTY CONCRETE AND GLASS SPACE. AT THE FAR END YOU SEE SHINY METALLIC TABLE WITH WINE ON IT. STROBE LIGHT OVER THE TABLE IS MAKING IT HARDER TO CHOOSE WHICH GLASS TO TAKE OR WHICH GLASS STILL HAS WINE IN IT, ALSO ITS HARD TO TALK BC THE SOUND IS SUPER LOUD, AND YOU HAVE TO FINISH A SENTENCE IN 5-7 SECONDS — HARSH DRONE SOUND GETS MUTE REPEATEDLY. ACTUALLY THE SOUND COMES FROM THE VIDEO, WHICH IS BEING PROJECTED ON THE 2ND FLOOR. WHILE MOVING TOWARDS THE METALLIC TABLE YOU NOTICE AN ILLUMINATED STAIRWAY BY YOUR LEFT. YOU HAVE TO GO UP TO SEE THE FULL SHOW.

2nd floor

AGAIN, ANOTHER 500SQUARE METERS OF EMPTY SPACE. YOU HAVE TO FIND WHERE THE PROJECTION IS. YOU MIGHT GUSEE BY SEEING THE LIGHT REFLEXED FROM IT ON THE GLASS AND TURN RIGHT. ALSO YOU HELP THE OTHER VISITORS, WHO ARE LOST, BECAUSE THEY ARE NOT THAT ATTENTIVE AS YOU ARE.

THERES A MAN STANDING THROUGHOUT THE WHOLE TIME, LEFT TO THE PROJECTION, STARING INTO THE STREET THROUGH THE GLASS. HE S ALSO BEING SEEN FROM THE STREET. SOME VISITORS ARE TAKING PICTURES OF HIM.

IN FACT, THE HARSH DRONE SOUND IS MADE BY AN IPHONE RUBBING AGAINST THIS WHITE DOGS FUR.

CERTAINLY, THE DOG IS NOT THE MAIN CHARACTER OF THE VIDEO. ITS JUST THERE TO STEAL YOUR ATTENTION WITH ITS CUTE LOOKS. ALTHOUGH, YOU NEVER KNOW, WHAT CAN BE INSIDE OF IT.

THE MAIN CHARACTER IS A BEING, THAT BY ALL MEANS WANTS TO ESCAPE ANY FORM OF REPRESENTATION OR MEDIATION. ALSO I’M USING FOOTAGE FROM THE THING BY CARPENTER, JUST ANONYMOUS CLAWS OF THIS FASCINATING DEITY — HITTING THE CEILING TO GET FROM ONE FLOOR TO ANOTHER, ITS SAVING ITS LIFE. IT GETS ANYTHING IT WANTS, RENDERING ITSELF INTO ANY FORM, ENDLESS COMBINATIONS, ABLE TO FULLY TAKE CONTROL OF ANY KNOWLEDGE INHERITED WITH ANY REPRODUCED BEING.

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