Performance Documentation

Parking Spaces
For this project MPG investigates one of the most ubiquitous spaces in the United States, the parking lot. In "Parking Spaces” MPG will move through the city looking for empty parking lots to collect sounds and images. Using the collected material MPG creates an improvised performance in the space.

Parking Spaces

ISEA 2006 documentation

Images from ZeroOne ISEA2006

Multi media feature from Mercury News

Interactive and Mobile Performance Apparatus

Interactive Box
A small cardboard box converted into an interactive instrument. Inside the box is a wireless device
sending motion data (wiimote). Users can turn the box to select between images and text. Rotation of the box also turns and scrolls the image in real-time. This project was created by Mobile Performance Group mobileperformancegroup.com under the direction of Matt Roberts at Stetson University’s Digital Art Program.

Interactive Shopping Cart
A metal shopping cart converted into a mobile interactive audio/visual instrument. Touch and pressure are used to control the live manipulation of sound and image. The cart is equipped with a video projector, computer and battery making it portable and self contained. Using a microprocessor (arduino) and custom software (max/msp/jitter) to sense the users touch and translate the pressure of the users touch, a real-time response is created both visually and sonically. The cart is used by MPG performers and the audience is also encouraged to play the cart as well. This project was created by students Hogan Birney, Sean Kinberger and David Plakon under the direction of Matt Roberts at Stetson Universities Digital Art Program.


Text Message
Audience members are asked to contribute to a performance by sending text messages. Participants messages are used as performance material and projected onto public spaces. This project was created by student Derick Ostrenko under the direction of Matt Roberts at Stetson Universities Digital Art Program.


Bike
Bike is equipped with audio/visual equipment, portable power source and wifi. Multiple performers can connect to the bike and join the performance.



Shopping Carts
Using recycled cardboard, solar power, batteries and multimedia equipment, MPG converts shopping carts into modular performance units. During the day the carts are used to collect energy, sounds and images. Each cart is equipped with solar panels and batteries for energy collection. They are also equipped with audio/video recording equipment for sound and image collection. During the night carts carry panels, made of recycled cardboard, that allow several carts to connect and provide table space for the performers. The three basic carts are audio, video, and power. The audio module carries speakers, amps and mixing board. The video module carries video projectors, cameras, and lcd screens. The power module carries batteries, inverters and power strips to provide power for the performers. Click on the images below for more info.

Inflatables
A series of inflatable that can be used as performance space and projection screens.

DVD/CD

The Invention of the Wheel
During the spring semester of 2007 students from the Digital Arts program at Stetson University worked with Professor Nathan Wolek to create a DVD/CD entitled The Invention of the Wheel. The DVD/CD was produced, designed and printed by the students.

The DVD/CD includes 4 tracks born during 2006 performances at ISEA and Conflux. Working as a collective, MPG presented mobile and improvised audiovisual performances using sounds & images gathered specifically from each festival location. These improvisations became the basis for the subsequent studio work that produced the CD/DVD project. Each music track is stylistically different, drawing from influences in house, ambient, techno and soundscape. Together with the video they provide a compact introduction to what MPG is about and glimpse into what it is like to see MPG live.

Find samples of the DVD on Youtube

THE CD/DVD is available at CD Baby http://www.cdbaby.com/cd/mpg

The CD/DVD features ring tones and wallpaper which you can find samples of here

 

Archived Performance

04.23.05 Full Load, The Loft Building, Miami FL. USA

Revolutions – Using a database of clips provided by the group Revolution USA http://www.revusa.net, MPG will create and improvised remix of our recent election here in the USA. 4 performers with laptops, custom software, video projectors, portable audio, and a bank of video clips will join together over a wireless network to create an improvised performance. The group will not only be improvising with audio and video but also with architectural space of the gallery.

Archived– Using only a collection of videos provided by artist/curator Jacek Kolasinski MPG will create an audience participatory performance. Audience members will be able to participate in the piece by using a wireless control device to pick and control audio and video clips shared by he MPG performers. Members of MPG will respond to the decisions made by the audience participants to create an improvised audio/video performance.

Images

04.06.05, 7th annual Stetson University Video and Animation Festival

Revolutions - Using a database of clips provided by the group Revolution USA http://www.revusa.net, MPG will create and improvised remix of our recent election here in the USA. 4 performers with laptops, custom software, video projectors, portable audio, and a bank of video clips will join together over a wireless network to create an improvised performance. The group will not only be improvising with audio and video but also with architectural space of the theater.

Movie

04.15.04 Downtown Orlando FL. USA
Using the automobile as a mobile performance apparatus MPG presented a live performance which included real-time video and audio processing techniques. This project used two cars, one with audio performers the other with video performers. Using wireless networking and a FM transmitter the two cars where able to keep in sync and perform together as they moved through the city. Performers were Laura Oxendine, Adam Roberts, Martha Garzon, Damion Waters, Bryan O'neal, Ben Hustis, Julius Santiago, James Auten, Chester Udell, Jamie Tauler. Project Leaders where Nathan Wolek, Matt Roberts.

Images

Movies

03.18.04 Ybor Festival of the Moving Image
Using the automobile as a mobile performance apparatus MPG will present a live performance, which includes real-time video and audio processing techniques. Each car will contain two artists, one performing real-time video manipulation and one performing real-time audio manipulation. The video manipulation will be projected onto the windows of the car and the audio will be broadcast on the cars stereo and on an FM frequency. The performers will use wireless networking to communicate with other performers in separate cars. This project will be presented at the Ybor Festival of the Moving Image 03.18.04.Performers are Laura Oxendine, Adam Roberts, Martha Garzon, Damion Waters, Bryan O'neal, Ben Hustis, Julius Santiago, James Auten, Chester Udell, Jamie Tauler. Project Leaders are Nathan Wolek, Matt Roberts.

Movies