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Packet Creek Runs Deep

Phil Harvey
3/28/2006

3:00 PM -- Dinner. Dancing. How 'bout some hot InterPlay? From The Philter's obscure digital arts file, a press announcement about a new kind of interactive artsy something-or-other:

Another Language Performing Arts Company and the University of Utah Center for High Performance Computing presents our fourth InterPlay performance Dancing on the Banks of Packet Creek, directed by Jimmy Miklavcic, on March 31 - April 2, 2006 at 19:00 MST (-7:00 UTC) on Friday and Saturday and 16:00 MDT (-6:00 UTC) on Sunday. InterPlay is a multimedia, multi-artist, telematic, and collaborative art form that is performed and transmitted over Internet 2 utilizing Access Grid technology. Invited national and international institutions, artists, scientists and technologists collaborate and participate with Another Language in this InterPlay form.

The performance can be viewed by our remote audience through the Access Grid in the Theater Venue of the ArtGrid Venue Server at https:/agvs.chpc.utah.edu/Venues/default. Please enter the Theater one half hour prior to the performance with the Video Consumer Service and the Audio Service only. Your audio must be muted and your site must not send video. Others can view the performance through QuickTime at http://www.anotherlanguage.org/interplay/packetcreek. The live QuickTime stream will be active fifteen minutes before the performance. (Note: The QuickTime audience will only see the main video mix.)

Dancing on the Banks of Packet Creek is an exploration into the tenuous devotion that we have towards the inundating wave of digital information and non-experiential knowledge. Packet Creek depicts the Internet with its flow of disassembled pieces of data that course throughout the world like schools of spawning salmon. Dancing on the Banks is our ritualistic gyrations that we express as we create, disseminate, search, and acquire this electronic epistemological knowledge.

Using the metaphor of fluid motion and dynamics we will portray the immense amount of this non-experiential knowledge and the influence that it has on us. The expansive range between truth and fiction or frivolity and importance are just some creative investigations and artistic expressions that are explored through music, dance, video, computer graphics and remote motion capture MIDI control.

Invited national and international institutions, artists, scientists and technologists collaborate and participate with Another Language in the InterPlay form. "Dancing on the Banks of Packet Creek" will be an exciting blend of images and sounds using the Access Grid Video Conferencing Technology into a Real-time Collaborative Surrealistic Cinematic Performance. Local live performers will be joined in this performance by ArtGrid participants from University of Alaska Fairbanks and the Arctic Region Supercomputing Center, Boston University, University of Maryland, Purdue University and the Envision Center for Data Perceptualization, and Ryerson University, Toronto, Ontario Canada. As an Internet2 member connected to the Abilene Network, the University of Utah provides the network infrastructure and computing facilities that make the InterPlay process possible.

For more detailed information, visit http://www.anotherlanguage.org/interplay.

Well, I'm speechless. Or, as they say in InterPlay parlance, my audio has been muted.

— Phil Harvey, Collaborative Surrealistic Cinematic Performance 'n' Stuff Editor, Light Reading

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