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What is VJing and realtime interaction

  Andrew Bucksbarg




Contextualizing the VJ and Live Visual Performance and Improvisation

“All of a sudden it hit me---if there was such a thing as composing music, there could be such a thing as composing motion. After all, there are melodic figures, why can't there be figures of motion?”- Artist Len Lye

“The dream of creating a visual music comparable to auditory music found its fulfillment in animated abstract films by artists such as Oskar Fischinger, Len Lye and Norman McLaren; but long before them, many people built instruments, usually called ‘color organs,' that would display modulated colored light in some kind of fluid fashion comparable to music.” -William Moritz

There is a history of the art of movement that forms relational streams and tributaries into the practice of live audio-visual, performed work, such as VJing or live and interactive cinema. Digital practices have encouraged a plethora of audio-visual work with roots in what is described as visual music, as well as an art of movement and experimental animation. These audio-visual practices share, overlap and converge with music and experimental and improvised sound work in their levels of abstraction, the prevalence of rhythm and movement, the lack of conventional narrative, varying intensities, and time-based/time-pressured performance interactions and improvisations.

Example from my own work

caption- "Excerpt from live VJ/A/V performance (2006)"

caption- "Excerpt from live VJ/A/V performance (2006)"

caption- "Excerpt from live VJ/A/V performance (2006)"

caption- "Improvisation With Altered Electronics- performance with circuit bent, hacked and custom built electronics. Digital Improvisation Ensemble- A/V performance with live audio and video processing and custom built, body mounted electronics and body mounted cameras and projection. Improvisation With Two Altered Telephones- performance with hacked rotary telephones."

Andrew Bucksbarg
Eugenio Tisselli
Federico Bonelli
Gabriel Menotti
Holger Lund
Jeremy Hight
Joe Reinsel
Lucy H G/ L Hermes Griesbach
Michael Betancourt
Ruth Catlow and Marc Garrett, Furtherfield