Performance/Programming: Michael Thompson
Documentation/Video: Carlyn Huchko and Kwame Newman-Bremang
This performance piece is a combination of the Pochinko clowning method and a digitally manipulated environment. By tracking the clown's nose via webcam, a program generates different sounds based on the clownʼs position. This specific style of clowning values a raw performance based on honest emotions and impulses, so as the clown encounters these sounds he gradually discovers (with the help of the audience) how movements and gestures affect his environment. At first a total foreigner, he gains acceptance by uniting his audience. The piece explores notions of community, alienation and the fear of the unknown. While the audience may initially reject or fear him due to preconceived stereotypes, he will eventually earn their trust and adoration through raw humanity.