The Hyper-Participatory Juxtapositions of Social Broadcasting

Daniel Pinheiro’s direct webcam feed

As we approach the unveiling of the #NeWWWorlDisorder social broadcasting performance experiment on July 29th, along with my co-host Michael Borras A.K.A. Systaime, the artist-broadcasters are testing and activating their systems and ideas over Facebook Live. This project, like so many other collaborative efforts I have undertaken, is a highly charged participatory group effort. While some artists prefer to work in a hermetically sealed studio environment, I have always believed in the power of the social, a process where the whole is greater than the sum of the parts.

Patrick Lichty’s slow scan noir

With #NeWWWorlDisorder, the first phase of the project has been to formulate an aggregation scheme that allows the artists to perform independently of one another, which of course artists will alway do, as well as have a schema where our efforts are all directed toward a common goal. All of the artists will point their live streams out on their own unique Facebook channels – each streaming a performance with its own aesthetic, objective, non-objective, and order/disorder – then woven together into a Web-based Live Video Wall where the live feeds are aggregated as a mosaic. Together for 90 minutes, we will socially broadcast the possibilities and potentialities of the unintentional, the accidents of juxtaposition, the chance operations inherent in the aesthetics of simultaneous, uncontrolled, distributed happenings and occurrences.

Paul Wong’s rock animation

In the #NeWWWorlDisorder, the words, the imagery, the artistic voices, the sounds, texts, places, manipulations, languages and distortions, are threaded in an endless variety of overlapping moments. Yes, we believe in disorder… we rejoice in disorder, but not the kind that is currently making an utter mockery of the world stage, where so-called leaders participate in a rudderless cacophony of geopolitical voices. Our #NeWWWorlDisorder is the kind of mess that artists make, wonderfully structured (and unstructured) improvisatory notes that blossom in the chaos. That is what we yearn for in a world gone amok.

Michael Borras A.K.A. Systaime abstraction

We yearn for a form of #NeWWWorlDisorder that congeals in beauty and sometimes glorious ugliness, a #NeWWWorlDisorder that coalesces into frighteningly beautiful moments of clashing ideas and vision, like the surrealists, who reveled in the dream-state of wild simultaneities and word poems. That is the kind of#NeWWWorlDisorder we long for and intend to make in the globally collective virtual venue of social media. Facebook itself is an often idiot’s delight of incomprehensible collective utterances, that range from the ridiculous to the sublime, yet for 90 minutes we will travel the net airwaves to generate the #NeWWWorlDisorder in the most participatory way possible.

Randall Packer’s desktop collage

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