The stunning opening to the LEA FUL SIM ART SERIES, Rebeca Bashly's Inferno will be a hard act to follow. Great promise is shown here though with Tyrehl Byk's Catharsis... for the November month.
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Tyrehl Byk's "Catharsis" is an immersive, 24 minute adventure ride into the curious, the irreverent, through the sublime, and back out the other side.
Using a specially scripted theater, Byk takes control of the audience's cameras and, (if Second Life is behaving well), synchronizes a sequence of scenes that rely heavily, but not exclusively on the use of particle effects to interpret a musical track including compositions in a variety of styles from contemporary to classical.
While it would be easier to simply create a machinima of the sequences, Byk has chosen to offer this process as performance art, in order to remove the idea of an unchanging linear experience that may be captured, commodified, and assimilated alone, and replace it with a shared, group experience that is never the same twice.
The nature of the Second Life construct informs the performance with its own curious continuity, supplemented by the qualities of the each audience member's viewing platform, viewer settings, and bandwidth connection to the internet. All of these combine to make each performance of the work unique, not just from an overall perspective, but for each and every participant.
Audience members are encouraged to arrive early and please, please, *PLEASE* remove all heavily scripted items before the program begins to make the experience as enjoyable as possible for everyone.
Premier performance: November 4th, 2011 6-PM SLT
Ongoing performance calendar may be found here: http://bit.ly/rOaEJb
Transport Station to the Event Horizon Theater SLURL: http://slurl.com/secondlife/LEA6/173/192/501
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