A lecture performance on virtual presence using spectacular technology.
What does 'presence' mean now that new technologies are enabling us to be almost anywhere at any time? The Hongkong-based media artist Royce Ng is present from a distance. On stage is a local performer on which Royce's body is projected. His presence is virtual, while he is physically absent. As the lecture performance progresses, the different media start to glitch and fail. The technology gradually takes the upper hand while the onstage avatar fades into the atmosphere. What remains is a shining little dot and the uncertain question: was Royce here, or wasn’t he?
During SPRING Performance Arts Festival, Utrecht turns into a stage for surprising contemporary international performing arts. SPRING takes place from Thursday 12 till Saturday 21 May in different theatres in Utrecht.