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“Television knows no night. It is perpetual day. TV embodies our fear of the dark, of night, of the other side of things.” - Jean Baudrillard
On February 11-12 and March 11-12 from 7-10pm ROOMS remounted their original performance piece from their popular Oracle series ORACLE:CHANNELING featuring Todd Frugia and Marrakesh.
Each night was a three-hour event where two blindfolded performers (Todd and Marrakesh) were surrounded by eight televisions – each with a different local channel’s live broadcast. These performers were “plugged into” four televisions each by means of headphones blasting the audio of an audience selected channel. The audience did not hear the televisions’ audio, but only the amplified voices of the performers as they repeated every word they heard in their headphones. And since the performers were on different sets of televisions, the audience got to experience a unique conversation between the daily barrage of commercials, news programs, dramas, and comedies.
If the explanation sounds complicated – don’t worry – once you see the documentation you’ll find a concept that’s fun and provocative! It’s a piece that tests the talents of the performers while bringing up a myriad of questions concerning the profundity of our relationship with this thing called TELEVISION.
ROOMS Productions is Marrakesh & Todd Frugia. ROOMS is dedicated to exploring and strengthening the relationship between artist and audience by experimenting with the creative process and expanding the vocabulary of language and experience through video and live performance.