Coffee Cantata


Performers take their improvisational cues from live internet chat sniffed from local public wireless hotspots.
(Collaboration with Christopher Baker) 


Coffee Cantata is a performance that brings two remote locations together via the Internet. The performance space, which is designed to simulate a coffee shop, is equipped to receive a live video and text stream from a remote coffee shop. The incoming text consists of live “sniffed” chat conversations from the wireless network at the coffee shop. The performers then treat the incoming chat conversations as a script, “performing” these live displaced narratives using improvised gesture, song and spoken word. The live video feed of the “real” coffee shop forms the backdrop for this dynamically scripted performance.

Live Performance (Video)