Ballettikka Internettikka: Nipponnikka

Internet Ballet by Igor Stromajer & Brane Zorman

Stromajer and Zorman are preparing a new Internet ballet – Ballettikka Internettikka Nipponnikka broadcasting live from Minami Torishima island, Japan – Paciific Ocean.

– authors and performers: Igor Štromajer & Brane Zorman
– theoretical adviser: Bojana Kunst
– live music by Brane Zorman Vs BeitThron (saxophone: Matjaž Drevenšek)
– live video editing: Igor Štromajer

Live Internet Broadcast (via Iridium satellite data connection):
Monday, 23 November 2009 at 06:04 GMT/UTC+9 (at sunrise)
= Sunday, 22 November 2009 at 22:04 Berlin Time
= Sunday, 22 November 2009 at 16:04 New York Time

Minami Torishima is an isolated island in the northwestern Pacific Ocean. The hottest place in Japan, it is the easternmost Japanese territory, lying some 1,848 kilometres southeast of Tokyo. It takes about 45 minutes to walk around the triangular-shaped, low-lying island which has an area of 1.2 square kilometres. The island is unusual because the closer to the coast, the higher the elevation: the central area of the island is 1 metre below sea level whilst the coast is about 5 to 8 metres above. There is an airport and a radio station on the island. The island is presently used for weather observation, but little else.

Action to be performed: At the same time that two Suns simultaneously rise from the Pacific Ocean, two robots will walk/dive into the ocean, dancing an early morning Internet Ballet at the easternmost point of Japan, the Land of the Rising Sun (Twin Suns + Twin Robots).

two Suns / two Sundiscs / double sunrise

Robots often cry — why shouldn’t you?

Stromajer and Zorman will conduct the complex intimate act of leaving, jilting the two robots in the Pacific Ocean.

Check the photos of the first wet/seawater training (25 September 2009; in Strunjan Bay, Slovenia)

The act of jilting is one of the most intimate, personal and merciless deeds, a deed which is at the same time purifying, direct and even reconciliatory. Jilting activates many emotions, traumas and frustrations, both for the one who jilts and for the one who is jilted. Jilting is the act of liberation: if you love something, set it free! Štromajer and Zorman will therefore jilt two of their favourite Silverlit R/C Program-a-BOT robots (36€ in retail) in the loneliness of the Pacific Ocean, at the easternmost point of Japan, the Land of the Rising Sun — two suns, each for one robot!

Co-produced by Intima Virtual Base — Institute for Contemporary Arts and Cona Institute, Ljubljana, Slovenia, 2009

“We shall fight them on the beaches. We shall fight them on the landing grounds. We shall fight in the fields and in the streets, we shall fight in the hills. We shall never surrender.”
(W. Churchill)




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