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PHYSICAL_CHAT

Invitation to PHYSICAL_CHAT_2
An online but non-linear event from Dew Harrison and Barbara Rauch

"We are intrigued with the nature of the online chat arena, the issues of
identity involved in a pure text environment and the challenge of the
semantically a ssociated but fragmented dialogues and discourses, which are
then interwoven and reconstructed through the process of time delays and
differing mind states. We intend to engage you in an upside-down
conversation between the UK and Australia, which will be re-mixed by the
chat format and enriched by you as our charming global interlopers."

Please join us on-line at www.watershed.co.uk/residencies  for the second
event of PHYSICAL_CHAT. Friday 2nd August, 09:15 hrs - 09:45 hrs (GMT, UK),
that's 16:15 hrs - 16:45 hrs, Perth, Australia.

This PHYSICAL_CHAT_2 will be live online across the globe as part of the
Consciousness Reframed 2002 conference in Australia, 1st - 4th August, this
in turn is at the centre of the Perth Biennale of Electronic Art.

PHYSICAL_CHAT_1, a real-space event, was held at the Watershed's Digital
Caf=E9, Bristol UK on 27th June, surrounding the weaving of two narratives
(subreal + realtake) into one consciousness.

Dew (Ms Real) and Barbara (Ms Dream) had been crossing over fragments of
emailed thoughts to be connected into whole stories as the core
confrontation area for further activity in a chatroom focus.  These two
texts were then typed into the chatroom by our real-life avatars
piece-by-piece with or without any interruptions in their robotic
conversation. There were anarchic collaborators who provided diverse
intervention within a set of rules defined in collaboration with those
participating.  The physical space allowed for interruptive input by keypad=
,
sound, phone text and b ody movement as a response to the emerging on-scree=
n
narrative, which melded the real and unreflective strands of the two
original texts.=20

The focus for PHYSICAL_CHAT_1 was on the physical intimacy of the artists i=
n
the closed space, offline, in oppositi on to the global anonymity of the
virtual space of the online chatroom.  Online the words appear top-down, we
have to read bottom-up, we have no facial expressions or voice inflections
or body movements to help us interpret the appearance of the words, we are
not sure who is writing them, we cannot expect a consistent flow of
sequential meaning when any other writer can cut in, silently, anonymously,
in response to a long-gone statement.

Our focus now for PHYSICAL_CHAT_2 is the creation of the evolving on-screen
narrative, a live interweaving text from unknown, displaced personas.
We are very much looking forward to your intervention!

Barbara Rauch and Dew Harrison
------------------------------------------------


Watershed
1 Canon's Road
Bristol
UK
BS1 5TX
tel: 0117 927 5100
www.watershed.co.uk





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<B>Invitation to PHYSICAL_CHAT_2<BR>
</B><I>An online but non-linear event from Dew Harrison and Barbara Rauch<B=
R>
</I><BR>
"We are intrigued with the nature of the online chat arena, the issues=
 of<BR>
identity involved in a pure text environment and the challenge of the<BR>
semantically a ssociated but fragmented dialogues and discourses, which are=
<BR>
then interwoven and reconstructed through the process of time delays and<BR=
>
differing mind states. We intend to engage you in an upside-down<BR>
conversation between the UK and Australia, which will be re-mixed by the<BR=
>
chat format and enriched by you as our charming global interlopers."<B=
R>
<BR>
Please join us on-line at <B>www.watershed.co.uk/residencies</B>  for =
the second<BR>
event of PHYSICAL_CHAT. <B>Friday 2nd August, 09:15 hrs - 09:45 hrs (GMT, U=
K),<BR>
</B>that's <B>16:15 hrs - 16:45 hrs, Perth, Australia.<BR>
</B><BR>
This PHYSICAL_CHAT_2 will be live online across the globe as part of the<BR=
>
Consciousness Reframed 2002 conference in Australia, 1st - 4th August, this=
<BR>
in turn is at the centre of the Perth Biennale of Electronic Art.<BR>
<BR>
PHYSICAL_CHAT_1, a real-space event, was held at the Watershed's Digital<BR=
>
Caf=E9, Bristol UK on 27th June, surrounding the weaving of two narratives<BR=
>
(subreal + realtake) into one consciousness.<BR>
<BR>
Dew (Ms Real) and Barbara (Ms Dream) had been crossing over fragments of<BR=
>
emailed thoughts to be connected into whole stories as the core<BR>
confrontation area for further activity in a chatroom focus.  These tw=
o<BR>
texts were then typed into the chatroom by our real-life avatars<BR>
piece-by-piece with or without any interruptions in their robotic<BR>
conversation. There were anarchic collaborators who provided diverse<BR>
intervention within a set of rules defined in collaboration with those<BR>
participating.  The physical space allowed for interruptive input by k=
eypad,<BR>
sound, phone text and b ody movement as a response to the emerging on-scree=
n<BR>
narrative, which melded the real and unreflective strands of the two<BR>
original texts. <BR>
<BR>
The focus for PHYSICAL_CHAT_1 was on the physical intimacy of the artists i=
n<BR>
the closed space, offline, in oppositi on to the global anonymity of the<BR=
>
virtual space of the online chatroom.  Online the words appear top-dow=
n, we<BR>
have to read bottom-up, we have no facial expressions or voice inflections<=
BR>
or body movements to help us interpret the appearance of the words, we are<=
BR>
not sure who is writing them, we cannot expect a consistent flow of<BR>
sequential meaning when any other writer can cut in, silently, anonymously,=
<BR>
in response to a long-gone statement.<BR>
<BR>
Our focus now for PHYSICAL_CHAT_2 is the creation of the evolving on-screen=
<BR>
narrative, a live interweaving text from unknown, displaced personas.<BR>
We are very much looking forward to your intervention!<BR>
<BR>
Barbara Rauch and Dew Harrison<BR>
------------------------------------------------<BR>
<BR>
<BR>
Watershed<BR>
1 Canon's Road<BR>
Bristol<BR>
UK<BR>
BS1 5TX<BR>
tel: 0117 927 5100<BR>
www.watershed.co.uk<BR>
<BR>
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