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A networked and generative live art performance.

Sideways Down the Rabbit Hole

The caterpillar resists change as long as possible until eventually it's immune system fails from the stress and the immaginal disks become cells that build the butterfly by feeding on the soupy meltdown of the caterpillar's body. It has been proven that the moth and butterfly retain some of the memories they had when they were caterpillars. At least some of their memory storying neurons must survive the enzyme digestion process. Once the process is complete, nearly every part of the dissolved caterpillar's body is replaced forming the butterfly.

A networked generative live art performance created in collaboration by Robert Spahr, Tyler Horn & Isabelle Bogran. Presented at the XXIII GENERATIVE ART 2020 International Conference.

Act One:
Automated Cruft code harvests images from grade school class photos found on the internet while spoken word describes the metamorphosis of a caterpillar into a butterfly.

Act Two:
Tyler Horn and Isabelle Bogram perform by using Zoom video chat software with multiple cameras that create sound feedback.

Act Three:
An image of a beam which illustrates tension and compression, with spoken word of various definitions of those concepts.