My Feedback of “New Visions in Performance. The Impact of Digital Technologies” by Steve Dixon
This article introduces the meaning of “double” as well as the performing effects through the use of “digital” technologies in computer. The representative example is the digital double in Igloo’s “Viking Shoppers (2000)” by Ruth Gibson. In this performance, Ruth doubles her body on a contrary motion. It expresses Lacan’s theory of the mirror stage, which focuses on the misconceived and fictional identity. Through this double experiment, performers explore the fundamental of the existence. Although the digital double in performance reflects the human nature and body movements, I am wondering if the digital double technology can really mirror our inner spirit or thoughts?
I am especially interested in the aspect considering the double as reflection. According to the provided examples, I personally think the doubling effect leads human misrecognition in terms of the visual form and real-time body motion. At this point, the virtual digital technology overpowers the reality because the digital double enlarges the visual form of our live body movements. However, I disagree with Dixon’s definition of reflection double. What he describes is focus on the superficial reflection. Since the “double has an ancient and global lineage within religious, occult and folkloric traditions”, I think the double also mirrors what we thought about spirit, self-consciousness, and psychic status.
In addition, the digital technology reminds me about my composing experience in the TEEVE with TI system (e.g. 3D model, Wii remote control). I was fascinated by the special effects displayed on the three screens as well as came out with many imaginations. The double certainly mirrors the contrast between reality and fictional image. Hence, the double effect represents what we inspired from our experience or what we intend to do. In summary, this article acknowledges me how the computer technology can overcome even exceed the traditional performing difficulty or limitation. The digital double opens a new gateway to artists of creating future artwork.