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Pamela Z, Performance Artist, SF

Making Faces: Theatrical Materiality and Technological Embodiment




September 11, 2006; 60 Minutes; Video

All artists are influenced by their tools. For contemporary performance artists, digital technologies are evolving so rapidly that their influence on artistic decisions can be greatly magnified. When the artwork, the tools, and the artist fuse into a single inseparable entity, can art maintain its strength and integrity or is it reduced to being a mere product of a culture seduced by new technology?

Pamela Z will explore this question in the context of her extensive experience with tools she considers to be extensions of herself. These include her gesture controllers - which by association make the body itself become the instrument, her two Powerbooks, "Callas" and "Cage", and the vocal instrument - an extremely high-tech tool in and of itself.