[dance-tech] Ballettikka Internettikka: VolksNetBallet - Volksbühne Berlin, July 9th 2006

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Ballettikka Internettikka: VolksNetBallet
[ People's Internet Ballet ]


by Igor Stromajer & Brane Zorman

furtively performed at --
and secretly broadcasted (as six one-minute live streaming videos)
from --

the Basement Toilet in Volksbühne
at Rosa-Luxemburg Square in Berlin, Germany
# Latitude: N, Longitude: E, Terrain
Elevation: 41 m
on Sunday, July 9th 2006, start at 9 PM GMT+1 (Berlin/Paris local

Created, operated & realized by Igor Stromajer & Brane Zorman
Original music composed by MC Brane vs. BeitThroN vs. Thronus Sound
Theoretical adviser: Bojana Kunst

"Stromajer and Zorman manipulated a semi-automatic flying cow and
eleven robots dancing the internet ballet, MC Brane conducted an MP3

VolksNetBallet was broadcasted in the form of six one-minute
streaming videos, almost LIVE, with only two minutes delay. It means
that the visitors could see and hear in six steps what had just
happened only two minutes earlier during the VolksNetBallet in
Volksbühne Basement Toilet. All six videos were edited live in-
camera, using only STOP and REC functions, then immediately converted
to Real Media files using Real Producer, and finally, transferred to
the server for viewing.

Produced by Intima Virtual Base - Institute for Contemporary Arts,
Slovenia, July 2006
in collaboration with:
- BeitThroN vs. Thronus Sound System, Ljubljana
- netart-Datenbank (http://www.netart-datenbank.org) / Web.museum
e.V. - Verein zur Archivierung und Dokumentation von Netzaktivitäten
(http://webmuseum.trilithium.de), Berlin

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Ballettikka Internettikka is an ongoing artistic study of the
internet guerrilla performance. After invading The Bolsh.oi Theatre
in Moscow (March 2002), La S.cala in Milan (November 2004) and The
National Theatre in Belgrade (October 2005), Stromajer and Zorman
performed a new guerrilla net ballet -- on July 9th 2006, this time
in the men's toilet in the basement of Volksbühne Berlin.

The internet broadcast of the net ballet performance started on July
9th 2006 at 9 PM GMT+1 and lasted 22 minutes.

Watch and listen to internet people's guerrilla ballet archives at

The artists utilized low-tech mobile and wireless equipment for the
invasion and live broadcast: a semi-automatic flying toy-cow with
wireless spy-camera, 11 toy-robots (one of them with infra-red
sensors), two laptops, one MiniDV camera, MP3 audio systems, a video
mixing device, a public unprotected wireless internet connection
point (wLAN), available for free at the Rosa-Luxemburg Square in
Berlin (ID: Helmut22; signal strength in the basement of Volksbühne:
2/5), free RealProducer (version 11.0) and Live LE software for
streaming video and audio live manipulation.

Ballettikka Internettikka: VolksNetBallet took place on the very same
evening and at the same time as another huge people's festivity --
the final match of the World Soccer Cup 2006, which also took place
in Germany.

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Action Timetable / Berlin, July 9th 2006 / GMT+1:

20:45 Final equipment check at Rosa-Luxemburg Platz in front of
20:50 Turning the computers on
20:53 Establishing wireless Internet connection (wLAN ID: Helmut22)
20:55 Entering Volksbühne, descending the stairs, entering men's
toilet in the basement

20:59 Start of live Internet broadcast of the people's net ballet,
end of equipment installation
21:04 Transferring the first streaming audio/video package
21:08 Transferring the second streaming audio/video package
21:12 Transferring the third streaming audio/video package
21:15 Transferring the fourth streaming audio/video package
21:18 Transferring the fifth streaming audio/video package
21:19 Exiting men's toilet in the basement, climbing the stairs,
exiting Volksbühne
21:21 Transferring the last streaming audio/video package

21:22 Terminating wireless Internet connection (wLAN ID: Helmut22)
and turning off the computers

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Dancing a wireless people's internet ballet in Volksbühne Berlin
represented a big conceptual and strategic challenge to the Intima
Virtual Base and all the collaborators, therefore, the preparations
were taken seriously, safety measures were calculated, and the
previous experiences from the Bolsh.oi Theatre in Moscow, La S.cala
in Milan and The National Theatre in Belgrade were very welcome.

Note: Volksbühne Berlin did not voluntarily co-operate in the
project, but was selected based on the conceptual strategy of the
project. The management of the Volksbühne Berlin is not a co-producer
of this project and did not co-operate in the process of its

Very special thanks to: Sakrowski, Ute Fischer, Sven Holly Nullmeyer,
Irena Pivka, Dejan Habicht, Jana Renée Wilcoxen, Nikolina Bujas-
Pristas, Goran Sergej Pristas, Aldo Milohnic, Aleksandra Globokar,
Daniel Druzeta.

Project supported by The Ministry of Culture of the Republic of


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Ballettikka Internettikka has been presented in noumerous galleries
and museums of contemporary art world-wide (including, from 2002 to
2006, Le Centre national d'art et de Culture Georges Pompidou - Musee
national d'art moderne in Paris, 15. Stuttgarter Filmwinter in
Stuttgart, Centro em Movimento in Lisbon, FILE 03 - electronic
language international festival in Sao Paulo, Titanik Gallery in
Turku (Finland), P-10 Gallery in Singapore, IMPAKT festival in
Utrecht (The Netherlands), Thailand 3rd New Media Arts Festival in
Bangkok, Cork Vision Centre - Cork Cultural Capital of Europe 2005
(Ireland), CEC ArtsLink in New York, India International Centre in
New Delhi, Share Festival in Turin and elsewhere.

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About the authors:

Igor Stromajer
is an intimate intimate communicator. He researches tactical
emotional states and traumatic low-tech strategies. He has shown his
work at more than a hundred exhibitions in forty-two countries and
received a number of awards. His works are included in the permanent
collections of the Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris; the Museo Nacional
Centro de Arte Reina Sofía, Madrid; Moderna galerija Ljubljana,
Slovenia; Computerfinearts Gallery, New York and others.

Brane Zorman
is a composer and sound manipulator. Between 1982 and 1986 he was
frontman for the Slovene punk group O!KULT. He is a pioneer of the
Slovene techno scene. Since 1987 he has been composing music for both
Slovene and international theatre, dance and multimedia performances
and projects and has made guest appearances throughout Europe.
Recently he works with Irena Pivka on a series of audio-visual
installations ZONE (www.cona.si).

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"We shall fight them on the beaches. We shall fight them on the
landing grounds. We shall fight in the fields and in the streets, we
shall fight in the hills. We shall never surrender."
(W. Churchill)

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Intima Virtual Base - Institute for Contemporary Arts, Slovenia
+386 41 703291

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