Performance

Latency

Verena Lercher
Verena Lercher
Verena Lercher

Performance for 16 loudspeakers, 5 microphones, and 1 speaker.

In audio and video technology latency is considered a possible error, an artefact, which must be avoided, at least minimized until it is below our perception threshold. The technical symptom of latency is asynchronicity.

Latency intervenes in the concept of daily, mediatized construction of sound and image, shifts the attention to an area of ​​system failure and/or the gap between event and reaction until cause and effect add up to other contexts. In most media productions one ultimately relies on the visible origin and thus the perceptual congruence of cause and effect. The former is donated an identity, the latter may commonly be considered authentic. Speaker and voice are synchronized below the audio-visual latency threshold. So the source appears “real”. Above this threshold, the “image” is threatened and thus the congruence of the elements that we consider necessary for reality. Within the scope of this installation, questions of technical and spatio-temporal latency as a space of possibilities for mediatized reinterpretations are linked. This occurs between the poles of synchronicity and asynchronicity of live-speaker, loudspeakers, spoken and recorded voice as a network of impulses and reactions and their interaction. Every audience member is individually challenged by the nexus of the ever-changing links as a producer of the coherences. Thus, there is no collective experience of a unifying story whose problem shall be resolved in the end. Instead, every individual develops perspectives on the respective situation. The visual axes and locations of the individual also play a decisive role here: Depending on the position, the audio-visual focuses shift on the scale between congruence and incongruence. Impressions become coordinates of individual spaces in the context of the staging.

Concept & Perfomance: Verena Lercher

Funded by A9-cultural fund of the province of Styria (AT).