Flesh Protocol
Yoichi Nagashima
Brief description of the work:
Live performance using data from ElectroCardioGram , breathing and ElectroMyoGrams (muscles) in an interplay between performer and composer
Materials, dimensions, duration:
Sensors, digittizer, software
Location (venue & dates, public/ private):
Research was undertaken between 1999 to 2002 that led up to performances . 'Fleshprotocol' was performed live on February 23th, 2002 at XEBEC Hall, Kobe, Japan.
Nagashima introduced his research during the ICAD conference in 2002 (see report below)
Audience information (size, mode of participation):
The audience observed the performance in a traditional theatre setup at Xebec hall, which is a public venue that supported and introduced many creative and challenging projects. (It also published the Sound Arts Magazine)
Other information (reviews, collaborators, funders):
Masayuki Akamatsu composer, Masayuki Sumi performer
Floorplan, scheme:
Visual/ audio-visual reference:
Key theme(s):
Intense engagement with a body; observing externalised internal processes in realtime using visual and audial means; endurance
Further context:

video clip 2:23, posted online by Masayuki Akamatsu

The performer was suspended from the ceiling, this made sense as the equipment and cable connection carried by the performer restricts full movement. At the same time this allowed for a range of extended movements.

The reationship between performer and generated sound is not very clear in the video. Nagashima's research paper indicates however that the performer not only generates data but also receives electric impulses from the composer.