wandering wireless performance
by manu/mukul/muth
with mU!/minna/malo and agent gav

a leash of minstrels
sings streets into existence
leashed by time's ticks


at the tryst: journeys unwound
observers oriented
the city reinhabited


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TRyPTiCHON explores techniques of psychogeography using data streamed live from handheld navigation units.

One roamer at a time left the building by bicycle with the PDA and GPS. The route was drawn live on the screen using OpenGL commands in Jitter to connect the discrete position fixes that were received in 30 second intervals.

The TRyPTiCHON application on the PDA allowed the roamers to chose between 4 modes or tags that could potentially affect the translation and interpretation of the location data, in terms of line width, colour, etc. However, during DMZ we did not make use of the modes; instead, the roamer called in to mark a specific location, or to change the colour of the trace. The call-in was triggered by environmental changes that affected the roamer’s mood. The route taken by the roamer was chosen on a more-or-less ad-hoc basis (see the report from Agent Gav).

Each audio/video stream is modified by being passed through a Max/MSP/Jitter patch. The control data for the streams is translated into Open Sound Control, a protocol that allows data for Max to be sent over a network. The processed streams are to be combined and presented (as audio+video).

As a piece of applied research, TRyPTiCHON is devised to accelerate the development of processes and hard+soft network structures for later use in the telematic theatre piece flipflop. For now, its best described as a jam. Salient relationships between the data sets will be chosen for incorporation into the live performance piece. TRYPTiCHON was premiered at the DMZ Festival London, Nov 2003.