Non Zero One

Non Zero One are an interactive theatre company that examine the use of space and place through digital media.

I was fortunate enough to experience one of their workshops in which the use of technology was explored, with a large section of it being orchestrated by a voice over. This was an incredibly interesting technique that if I had witnessed before our piece had taken place, I would have suggested it as a way of manipulating our participants and giving them their instructions for the walk. This would enable us to further detach ourselves from the situation and avoid imposing ourselves on a place that is not our own.

I was also lucky enough to partake in a Site-Specific piece of theatre by the company as well. The piece focused on the auditorium as a Site. This means that the piece is transferable to multiple locations. I enjoyed this concept, the idea that even a Site-Specific performance can change location. This made me think about the potential of our own piece, the idea that because it is a walking theatre piece as well as a Site -Specific piece,it could be transferred to other areas of London or even other cities to create a network of sound maps.

Below are some images from previous work by Non Zero One:

This performance and workshop made me consider our own use of technology within our performance, we are intending to use a live feed that will capture the participants placing down the maps that they create from their walk. The video will then be edited and sped up to portray to creation of a larger map by the participants themselves.

This concept reminds me of the theories as presented by Dixon who examines memory, performance and digital media. Through documenting our performance through film and then downloading it on to a blog and YouTube there is an element that transcends the limitations of memory – it is forever stored on the internet as a physical film. This does pose limitations and perhaps invite re-enactments by future artists as opposed to re-interpretations.

Below is a reading that relates to this concept that I have explored previously;

Dixon, S. (2007) ‘Memory’ in Digital Performance: A History of New Media in Theater, Dance, Performance Art, and Installation. London: Routledge.

In this text Dixon explores memory in performance and its importance. He states various person’s views on the application of memory in performance and goes on to evaluate the postmodern concern with the past and nostalgia, directly linking the new concept with the development of technology. Dixon looks at various views on the topic such as the examination of multiple interpretations around the notion of forgetfulness. He places emphasis on the fact the in an age of advancing technology, historical truths are dwindling fast and subsequently being replaced by artificial memories.

Dixon begins to explore the connection between traumatic memory and the Digital age. Through the use of new technologies and digital performance, the recreation of memories is more vivid than ever before. This allows for the often fragmented re-telling of events to take a coherent form as different emotions are stimulated and more is recalled.

Finally Dixon looks at computer memory and its significance in relation to Digital performance, he presents the computer as a source of ever-lasting memory, nothing can be lost of forgotten when recorded on such a technological device. He goes on to talk about the internet and the fact that it is and an endless portal of the non-erasable. However for all the memories that computers can trigger, Dixon also recognises their ability to suggest fabricated accounts of events and questions whether or not they erode human memory.