The Crêpe, the Theorist, the Chef and the Volunteer
Nicole Peyrafitte, Independent Artist
Belle Gironda, Ph.D., University at Albany
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This is a staged audience-participation performance involving the rendering of instructions (a recipe and how to execute it) as code, though digital transmission devices. Individual audience volunteers must attempt to cook a crepe by following a simultaneous video transmission of a live chef performing those same steps on the other side of a partition. The chef will be invisible to the audience member (and vice versa) and all information will come to each of them through live video feed that he or she will watch on a computer screen. The video signal is also split and sent simultaneously through a data projector for large screen projection. This transmission will be continuously interrupted and assisted by a third "information source" who will provide a discourse on and theorization of the process as well as impromptu diversions and sudden requests. The rest of the audience will view and listen to the chef, the theorist, and the volunteer on three screens, simultaneously. The chef will be working on four burners at a time, "mass producing" crepes. Certain cooking errors on the part of the volunteers trigger digital audio/video "Error Messages" which are projected on the large center screen. As soon as the volunteer has finished one crepe, the theorist and the chef will do a critical reading of it. At the end of the performance, the Chef's crêpe production will be distributed to the audience.
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