Moment Momentum is about slowing down and enjoying life but a new exhibit in LA is slowing things way down so that we can consider the idea of video game death. Artist Brody Condon has had a longstanding fascination with the world of gaming. Condon has a history of work involving computer game modification, and performance events with medieval re-enactment and fantasy live action role-playing games. His latest performance called “Performance Modification” is an exploration of the idea of video game death that re-creates conceptual artist Bruce Naumnan’s 1973 work “Tony Sinking into the Floor, Face Up and Face Down.” In Nauman’s piece the actor's task was to imagine himself sinking into the floor. The resulting images portray him stretched out on the floor, sometimes face up, and sometimes face down in a series of dissolves. Condon creates a new context for the piece by dressing up performers in medieval/space/fantasy armor. Performed in slow motion and combined with movements based on computer game death animations, this piece is accompanied by a high volume binaural beats reputed to induce out of body experiences.

 

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