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The virtual puppet theatre

There is a tendency to use media in order to glorify the new and the future. It is in our opinion the wrong way to go. In the end it serves only the manufactures of software and the people who pay lip service to the new media without really understanding the tools and just because it sounds cool. Most of the people use it as a gimmick, a sort of an artistic fair.

In Jabberwocky Mischmasch we would like to use the media in an oldfashioned way. Fusing techniques of puppet theatre with computer/video. By using the voices or the movement of the actors in a way that resembles the technique of storytelling of puppet theatre we would like to achieve a certain mix between old and new techniques. A side remark: By using the term oldfashioned to describe puppet theatre we don't mean to judge it only to point out a technique that is used for centuries. The idea is to bring the simplicity of puppet theatre in terms of characterization, use of voice, landscape into the media look, so while you think you are watching a video you are actually watching a puppet show. If you take f.e. flash animation the "dances" that are created in the web of different people/characters are simple and basic and the choreography of the movement resembles the way a puppetier moves his/her puppets. We will film and record the actors and then manipulate their images and voices to achieve a "puppet" look. By that we mean that the actors on the screen will travel from a 3-dimensional realistic representation into other dimensions. The characters will move back and forth through the different dimensions, from "human" to "puppets" and vice versa, in a way that is similar to the journey Alice is taking Carroll, by the way, was a big fan of puppet theatre and there is some research that shows the connection between the characterization of the different characters in Alice and puppet theatre way of building a character. Similar to flash animation the voice manipulation of the computer creates a character sound that has similarities to puppet theatre. A side remark: The funny thing is that the standard computer comes with a very simple set of voices - boy, girl, bad, happy, fast, slow etc. It just has a differnt name to term it. (Another example of how oldfashioned the media design is...). So when the audience is moving from image to image, from sound to sound, from chamber to chamber, what they are actually doing is to move from one set of puppet theatre to another. But what we do is to reduce the elements. So sometimes you see and hear the "puppet" but sometimes images and sound are separated, sometimes it is only the landscape without the characters but you can hear them talking. Sometimes it is only the frame without the picture and sometimes it is the picture without the frame.
The old/new look will include images that are sometimes quite basic (doors, rooms, animals etc.) and sometimes computer generated forms and shapes that will be accompanied by text or sound. The questions of what is old, what is new and what is behind the technique used to make the show will be part of the process of viewing but we hope also that other questions like what is a new/old story or what is new old method of presentation will be Jabberwockys in the mind of the spectator.

text by YosiWanunu

-- HiazHhzz - 30 Jan 2004
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