a twisted digital game of trust, between a computer and a human being. the mugger hunt is inspired by the subversive activities of the first punk, mr william burroughs. it combines research into the darker side of jazz with the transcription of found texts into ‘ebonics’ – a hybrid afro-american language, and is drawn from mr burrough’s strategy for a vigilante group ‘the order of the grey gentlemen’.
in the mugger hunt, pvi navigate a blindfolded performer around the performance space and then out into the streets of perth, controlled and directed solely by b.u.d.d.i. – pvi’s artificial performer.
he (b.u.d.d.i.) is a virtual personification of the processes of mediation by which subversive individuals and activities become subsumed into the dominant hegemony. all that remains is the ghost in the system, the beat and the jive”
bec dean, mu magazine, issue 4, 1999.
strapped and protruding from the performer’s trouser zip, is a customized extended monopod, housing a camcorder displaying the performers moving image. footage is relayed back ‘live,’ video projected for the audience to witness. accompanying the audio and video feed, is a mechanically diluted, jazz inspired soundtrack of hard bop. on the streets at approximately nine o’clock at night anything could happen…
a bunch of chaps should meet at one chap’s apartment, have a drink… then go out on a mugger hunt and stand around in subways.”
devised & performed by: pvi collective
production manager: mike nanning
putting on an act festival – perth institute of contemporary art, 1999