Decoy Disco (2010)

 

Conceived by You Nakai, Kay Festa, and Earle Lipski

 

Premiere: 19 June 2010, JetLag Festival, Wind Gap, Pennsylvania

Performed by You Nakai, Nikita Sharimoff, and Yoni Niv

I - To be performed outdoors, on a non-concrete ground, in the dark of the night.

II - Disperse 10 - 20 speakers throughout the performance space. Divide them into two groups (A + B) and connect each group to a distributer. Connect the two distributers to a mixer via a matrix switcher. Bury all equipment  underground leaving the control interface of the matrix switcher exposed to the surface.

III - Attach a microphone (and a contact microphone, if necessary) to a radio-controlled vehicle (helicopter, car, boat, etc). Connect the microphone(s) to a wireless transmitter. Connect its receiver to the mixer.

IV - Attach a microphone (and a contact microphone, if necessary) to the performer controlling the radio-controlled vehicle. Connect the microphone(s) to a wireless transmitter. Connect its receiver to the mixer.

V - Arrange the setting of matrix mixer so that the two inputs from the RC vehicle (V) and the controller (C) can be output from both and/or either group of speakers. Enable the switching between of at least the following connections: V to A, C to B, V to A+B, C to A+B, V+C to A, V+C to B, V+C to A+B

VI - Prepare as many goat bells as there are audiences (expected). Attach the bells to clippers with strings. Adjust the size of the bell and the length of the string to make it difficult to notice when clipped onto one’s clothes. Attach one or two bells to the performer and a couple to the RC vehicle.

Samothraki, Istanbul, Letoon, Nevsahir, Roma,

Ansbach, Cheb, Berlin, New york, Pennsylvania

1-18 June 2010

VII - In performance, (a) one performer controls the RC vehicle while moving around and manipulating the matrix, (b) another performer clips the goat bells to each audience secretly while they are distracted by the decoy sound/feedback created by the interaction between the RC vehicle microphone and the underground speakers.

VIII - Determine the movement of the RC vehicle and the matrix switching based on a single purpose: to distract audience members who have not yet been bell clipped. Listen attentively therefore, not to the sound coming from the underground speakers, but to the sound of the bells and their direction.

IX - When all the audience members are bell clipped, turn off the RC vehicle.

X - Let people leave with bells attached.