NAME: Flip Flop
Manu Luksch, Mukul Patel, Ajay Naidu and Michael
Flop is a Future Physical/Austrian Cultural Forum
Co-commission supported by in kind sponsorship from
group of motion poets, cyborgs, and sound, video and
net-artists will collaborate on a series of site-specific
remote connection theatre performances that challenge
boundaries between audience and performer, on-stage
and off-stage, the venue and the street outside. Chapters
unfold online as the company tours. The audience is
invited to a party where, over the course of the evening,
one of the partygoers (actor and motion poet Ajay Naidu)
emerges as a performer, and the audience gradually realizes
that it is participating in theatre. As the performer
shifts between private conversation and “narrative
outbursts”, so the event shifts in mood and form.
a roaming performer browses the neighbourhood, equipped
with a wearable multimedia-streaming computer. The route
is choreographed to synchronise with the performers
story, and a live “point-of-view” video
feed (as well as audio) from the wanderer is relayed
by wireless broadband to the venue.
Luksch, founder of ambienttv.net, is a filmmaker.
She was artistic director of the Munich Media Lab (1995-97).
In 1998, she founded Art Servers Unlimited. Manu is
a key player in the proliferation of community-built
and maintained broadband wireless networks, in partnership
with collectives such as free2air and consume.net.
Ajay Naidu is a US-based actor and
motion poet. Notable recent movie roles include parts
in K-PAX and The Guru. He has developed a style of movement
that draws on South Indian martial arts, ‘pataphysics
and break dancing. Ajay co-founded Bhomshankar and Futureproof,
seminal collectives in the early US drum ‘n’
bass scene and his vocal talents grace Talvin Singh’s
albums OK and Ha.
Patel is a sound artist and writer. He forged
links between the “Asian Underground” music
scene and contemporary minimalists. He collaborates
extensively with dancers, streaming media artists, filmmakers,
and scientists, and works with classical artists to
embrace other forms and new technologies. This year
he remixed tracks by Karsh Kale (New York), Sarah Sarhandi
(London), and Maharaja (Gypsy musicians from Rajasthan).
Uwemedimo's unique language of movement draws
from his training as an actor at the Central School
of Speech and Drama, and as Capoerista at the London
School of Capoeira. Michael lectures in Film and Theory
at graduate and postgraduate level at the University
of London and curates screenings and organises festivals