Performance Documentation in Text 7: “Boolean Fears AKA Merry Christmas”
A collaborator (Christopher Duncan Saalbach-Walsh) and I created a physical-digital interface that was carefully scripted. I wrote a script based on my basic knowledge about his life, in the first person. He memorized the script and we filmed him reciting it. Some of the script included questions that he would later answer in real time during the performance, or questions he would ask his digital self to answer. We recorded another video of him playing the ukulele and singing, to which we aligned with the first video recording and had him harmonize in three parts to in real time during the performance (song was “you are my sunshine”).
The script was divided into three main parts—the first was a real-time performance of self-identifying declarations AKA “I am 22 years, 11 months, and 3 days. 19 hours and two minutes old,” while the second part was mostly the first video recording—in which the same declarations were made in backwards sequence, and with some language errors/puns included. The third part was questions and answers between the first video recording and the real-time Chris, concluding in the truet with ukulele Chris.