Noophone is part of an ongoing series of performance videos and media art works exploring the notion of environmental avatarism and augmented performance. This specific piece is a 360 image created with photogrammetry to exhibit a collection of 3-D scanned performances implanted as 'augmented reality' objects along the walls of the interior of the grain silos in Buffalo, NY, viewable via mobile phones. My body is scanned as a performance, a 360 image performance, as I use my body to perform thoughts of the concrete walls of the silos.
How does one perform an image of digital concrete? Unlike the frescos of Cathedrals, I use my body parts as the landscape materials and as ghosts that hide and possess the walls of the silos from the inside out. The performance scans are an artifact of envisioning myself as a set of motions intentionally performed for these augmented frescos on the silo walls and as a part of the materiality of the silos.
The work was part of 'Noo-Phone in the Black Space: Or How to Avoid Roaming Charges' a joint show with San Jose based artist and performer Andrew Blanton.
"Can augmented reality be used as the creation of new forms of collectivity? Or does it produce new forms of spatio-temporal apartheids? Through their respective approaches to performative augmentation and mobile media, Andrew Blanton and Yvette Granata’s works inquire into the manner in which augmented reality and media performance can be framed as a critical dialogue between the alliances and the vacuoles of mobile realities.
Interpreting augmented reality as performance space, their works are audiovisual performances and variations on collective and un-collective space. The works form a critical dialogue on augmented life, collecting performances of sound and image — an ambient group text message, a vertical disorientation through camera-apps, a hand-held sonic immersion, and a modulation of ambient feedback of the Silos."