|Quake/Friends & Quake/Friends.2|
Sheppard Fine Arts Gallery
University of Nevada, Reno
This second version in the "Quake/Friends" series, was our first attempt at performing both online and in front of a live audience. The evening commenced with a solo-reading/performance of selected works of WW1 poet Seigfried Sassoon online in the "Medial of Honor" WW2 wargame simulation.
The main event of the evening followed: a reading, by a cast of six playing characters from the television show "Friends", real-time in a "Quake 3 Arena" online game space. The performance will featured six data projections showing the point of view of each actor in the game environment.
Read on for information about the first incarnation of "Quake/Friends". I've posted extensive documentation and imagery available from this page - click on the links above at right of this text box.The first "Quake/Friends", October 18th, 2002:
On the evening of Ocotber 18th, 2002 at 7pm, 7
performers connected to the same "Quake III Arena" game server
online. Instead of participating in the graphic, three dimensionally
simulated environment of death, my group of performers recreated, by
typing on our keyboards, an episode from the popular sit-com "Friends" -
each of us logged in as one of the characters from the show. (The primary
goal of this game is to kill as many opponents before they kill you
- most kills wins the match.) So, Phoebe, Ross, Monica, Joey, Chandler
and Rachel performed, line for line, an adaptation of this season's
first episode by typing, while at the same time reciting, the lines
from the show using the games online messaging system - the lines of
text appeared at the top of each player's screen in real time. Our
performers functioned as passive, neutral visitors to the game - we
were constantly killed and reincarnated to continue the performance.
special thanks to:
This page is dedicated to the memory of Justin Lawrence.