FRAGMENTS was a collaborative video/computer graphic performance with Aysha Quinn. As an hour long variable collection of inter-related performance vignettes, tape sketches, monologues and interactive live computer graphic imagery, Fragments was developed in performances over a 2 year period. Featured in this description are only Sturgeon’s solo performance sections or elements of the piece in which he had significant creative involvement.
This section utilized a freshly steamed beet, an over the shoulder live-camera, accompanying pre-recorded torso figure tape, with synthesized audio track, computer graphics and poetry, surgical instruments, lab coat, 4 to 6 monitors (sometimes with video projector). Sturgeon performed a poetic text in chorus with his voice on the pre-recorded tape. (This “beet surgery” performance section later became a central part of the video: Inside Out ©1990.)
This section was comprised of two solo songs performed by Quinn & Sturgeon in tandem and repeated twice. This had been performed acappella & with instrumentation. Computer graphic wheels (3M BFA paint-box) were on monitors below our seats, one clockwise, one counter-clockwise, with steering wheels.
Computer Graphic Animation
During several of his collaborator’s performance sections, Sturgeon created real-time, interactive computer graphic animation (viewed directly on the monitors and projector) manipulating a live-camera source by freezing, painting & animating with the various technologies available for a given performance. Quinn & Sturgeon collaborated on pre-selected colors and created the brushes, used. Technologies utilized included: Z-Grass Computer, Fairlight Video Synthesizer, and a Mind Set/Apple II interface.
This section of movement/dance work featured a 6 foot pole that had 2 light weight b&w or color cameras mounted on either end (facing in towards each other) with their outputs fed into a switcher with cycling wipes at 2 second intervals. The live pole-camera images were inter-relating with monitor &/or video projected images of similar swooping movement recorded on the edge of the Grand Canyon. A character generator scrolled text and a performance of his poetry accompanied from off stage.