Eyebeam is pleased to present global pong, a live performance and "networked babelogue" organized by Caspar Stracke in collaboration with Kurt Ralske as part of the exhibition Remapped Realities. This event will take place at Eyebeam, 540 W. 21st Street, between 10th & 11th Avenues, and is free to the public with a suggested donation.
global pong is a live dialogue on urbanism comparing local observations in New York City, Mexico City, Shanghai and Berlin, mediated through text fragments translated on-line into four languages. Texts will be read live by a native speaker in its original language, cycled through four online translators projected as giant text banners, and then spoken again. Meanings shift similar to a game of telephone ("teléfono descompuesto", "stille post"), and the four speakers will add comments in their native language on each passing paragraph with keywords added into the translation cycle. Readers in this organic exchange of ideas will include Vito Acconci, Andrés Oriard, Fu Xinian and Kai Vöckler. Accompanying the texts will be live video and sound components emanating from the four locations. Ralske will create a visual interpretation/video collage from live webcam feeds. Composers in the four cities will remotely contribute to a live ambient sound performance in which music files are passed along in an exquisite corpse style and "translated" similar to the textual work.