PAW @ 2014 PEN World Voices Festival
PROCESSION OF CONFESSIONS: Cooper Union, NYC. May 4 @ 5PM
For the finale of NY's PEN WorldVoices Festival, PAW is calling for participants to stage a Procession of Confessions. Amidst ongoing revelations about clandestine government surveillance, the Procession of Confessions provides a way to reclaim control of our information – by freely offering it up to whoever may be watching. Now is your chance to publicly flaunt your meta-data, display banal personal details, and reveal the metrics of your misdemeanors in a collective act of exhibitionism. Integrating large-scale puppetry with crowd-sourced sound and live video, this modern-day parade of PENitents will coincide with scattered solo performances worldwide joining in a simultaneous Flash-cloud of confessions. What will you confess?
During the Festival, PAW leads a series of drop-in workshops to construct and animate visual elements for the Procession. Drawing from the infrastructure of surveillance and the dark theater of Communist-era show trials, volunteers will help embody the specter of government overreach as a nest of arachnid eavesdroppers and cyclopean watchers whose video eyes will harvest and webcast the confessions of costumed penitents en route. Even if you cannot attend the workshops or the final procession you can still participate remotely by performing a simultaneous satellite confession on your own, wherever you may be. Don’t wait for a court order! Waive your 4th Amendment rights and come out to join your fellow citizens, as we fully disclose ourselves and our trespasses to the State.
HOW TO TAKE PART IN THE PROCESSION OF CONFESSIONS:
|BUILD puppets and other visual elements for the Procession in free drop-in workshops|
|PERFORM as a puppeteer or Confessor in the Procession|
|JOIN our Flash-Cloud. Create a data confession on your own, along with countless others worldwide.|
|SUBMIT an Audio Confession. Add your voice to mix for the Procession soundscape|
|WATCH the Procession live, or via streaming video from all-seeing camera-eye of the giant Cyclops|
|DOCUMENT: Share your photos of Confessions you encounter|
Join us for drop-in workshops to create giant eavesdropping spiders, a looming surveillance cyclops, confessor costumes, and mobile architecture evoking the complexities of what Ariel Dorfman calls “the sculpture of forboding”.
in free workshops held at the Westbeth Center for the Arts (the former site of Bell Labs) in Greenwich Village. PAW artistic directors Alex Kahn and Sophia Michahelles will share techniques for large-scale lightweight performing objects, including papier-maché, bamboo/PVC armature-building, costuming, and any other tasks that arise each day. Although many jobs are geared toward adult skills, older kids (8 and up) are welcome to come and collaborate with a parent or guardian. Workshop participants will also have the chance to submit an audio confession and create their own personal Confessor costume for the final Procession.
CALL FOR PERFORMERS
The Procession of Confessions needs more than 50 performers to puppeteer, animate visual elements, and act as confessors en route. No experience is necessary (one will be provided). There are roles small and large for everyone. To join, respond via our online volunteer form, and our volunteer coordinator will get back to you with more info.
JOIN THE FLASH-CLOUD OF CONFESSIONS
At the same moment the main Procession of Confessions sets off on May 4, hundreds of others will perform satellite Confessions of their own in scattered locations citywide and beyond, extending the scope of the Procession indefinitely. If you can’t take part in the main procession, we encourage you to join our worldwide Flash Cloud of Confessors wherever you may be. Each confession will be unique, but we will all be unified by a common costume and a common purpose.
SUBMIT AN AUDIO CONFESSION
The soundscape for the Procession will be a compilation of audio confessions. As the Procession moves forward, it will envelope passersby in a cacophany of confessions, as overlapping voices emerge from wireless speakers embedded in various elements.
If you would like to be part of the soundscape for the procession, send us your audio confession. Llet us know via the online volunteer form, then just email us a voice-recording or video (one minute or less, please) to email@example.com. As with the visual confessions, your confession should be a revelation of almost comically banal data and information – the very sort of information that is secretly gathered from us all the time. Lists of phone numbers, Facebook likes, recent purchases, Google searches, are all fodder for the hidden ears of the surveillance state. What will you choose to share?
WATCH THE PROCESSION
The main Procession steps off from Cooper Union on the final evening of the PEN World Voices Festival, along a route as yet undisclosed.
However, remote viewers can watch the Procession unfold via the streaming video feed from wireless camera mounted in the eye of the looming Cyclops figure. As the figure bends down to record each confession en route, those confessions – and anything else the all-seeing eye incorporates – will be simulcast to a dedicate URL.
We are eager to compile a record of as many Confessions as possible, either in the Procession itself or in the Flash-Cloud of Confessions happening in scattered locales. If you encounter a Confession you would like to share, email us your photos (indicating where they were taken), or post them on the Procession's Facebook page.
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