In Performance on Demand (2001), the audience Internet collectively steers the artist’s activities via Internet. The work was created in collaboration with Paweł Janicki who designed the communication strategy and software enabling to shift the perforer’s activities into the space of the net. The performer in an isolated space had at her disposal a set of simple objects of everyday use, such as matches, a jug, a book, a pen, etc. More ↓↑
Apart from a window with video streaming, the website contained a set of icons representing objects that surrounded the artist, and activities that she could execute while using the objects. The artist could see a monitor on which she could follow the number of the website’s visitors and their statistically measured choosen commands, telling her what to do with which object.
The work, executed only once, is based on synchronous interaction of multiple users, whose decisions determining remotly the performer’s behaviour create a special „biofeedback”. It was the first performance in Poland in which the strategy of interaction with the audience was based on video streaming in the Internet. In the peak of the highest server load, several thousand people took place in the Performance on Demand.
Place and date of documentation: 9th Media Art Biennale WRO 01, Contemporary Theater in Wrocław, May 4th, 2001