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Software Art, Real-time Performances
2005
Christian OyarzĂșn

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Voodoochild is a cyberpunk band from Santiago, Chile, whose sole human member is the artist Christian Oyarzún -the programmer- while the other members are a string of hardware and software protocols, plus a vocalist, Don Miguel, who is actually a synthesizer programmed to sound like a popular Chilean personality.
The Voodoochild project has spawned collections of pieces including animations, interactive and generative pieces, which work on top of a number of optical and kinetic approaches developed for the performance of the "band".
The allusions to Duchamp's optical works, especially "Precision Optics", leads us to view these experiments brought together in some Voodoochild pieces from the viewpoint of the new approaches made possible by the digital realm: interactivity, feedback, animations that react to their own audio, or sounds that the user supplies. Oyarzún poses a purely digital universe in which algorithms become pure visual forms. The relation between code and image reminds us of the word play Duchamp so loved and the name of that film experiment Anemic Cinema, in which "anemic" is an anagram of "cinema". That film featured a competition between two levels of reading, one consisting of geometrical forms, and the other of words. What we see in Voodoochild is that the word level is hidden from our eyes, camouflaged by the mathematical and geometric figures that are generated by the words themselves, converted into code.
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