MINDtouch: Mobile Media Performance
The mobile media performance project, MINDtouch: Ephemeral Transference, a PhD art research work completed in 2010 and published in 2011. It proposed that the mobile videophone become a new way to communicate non-verbally, in real time, across different physical and technological environments and locations. Users ‘VJ-ed’ or mixed video from a database live, and using their body data with wireless sensors they had abstract visual conversations with other mobile users, creating a collaborative, telematic collage of externalised body sensations. The goal was to expand and explore more embodied and meaningful exchanges between remote groups of people.
MINDtouch critically investigated, challenged, and extended the potential of performance practice through its live approach, using mobile and online networks. It was about the transmitting the sense of liveness and presence, through visual manifestations of embodied experiences through the mobile network.
It is my contention that lo-fi aesthetics of pixelated images add to the intimacy, authenticity and ‘realness’ of the mobile video medium, as well as making it more accessible to the users. Delays in the transmission render the work more ‘everyman’ in its nature and easier to relate to, while professional quality work creates a distance or disconnect from the common person and their everyday experience or ability. I will discuss these issues and the MINDtouch project in more depth in this paper, as well as new directions in non-verbal mobile expression and performance in my new work.
Dr. Camille Baker is a lecturer and artist-performer/researcher/curator within various art forms: interactive and performance installation, music composition and performance, video art, web animation, and experience design.