heXed-us 2017 | COMPLETED: 12/17 | RUNNING TIME: 3’37”
The spirit of X-mas 2017
CAPTIV@E | COMPLETED: 10/17 | RUNNING TIME: 8’01”
Process Performance Special Edition (On the Subject of Capture – An act of catching, winning, or gaining control by force, stratagem, or guile). Integrating the theme of capture in content and concept, Stephen Chen uses live facial capture technology to transpose expressions onto avatars of two politicians as they respectively lament and exult their attempts at capturing the populace in song. To invoke the cult of personality and role of media in contemporary politics, the captured performance is streamed wirelessly through an Internet hotspot (which also simultaneously streams the music playback to the space) and the resulting feed with artifacts, jitter, and lags is projected for the audience against the live performance.