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Saturday, September 17 • 8:00pm - 9:00pm

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Imagine conducting an orchestra, as interpreted by a flame-throwing fire machine. Participants are invited to become the conductor of the Pyropodium, to step onto the podium and discover the responsiveness of the artwork to their own movement. Computer optics read bodily movement and interpret gestures into flames and jet streams of rhythmic visual percussion.

The PyroPodium is a non-descript raised platform. Set 20 feet in front of the platform is an extensive array of vertical pipes of various dimensions (15-20). Each pipe is electronically valved, and fed from a common reservoir of propane vapor. When activated, the valves open to release pressurized vapor that ignites from small pilot flames above each exhaust pipe. Flame effects will range from large prolonged bursts to small staccato jets of varying size, and also provide a rhythmic concussion from the detonation.

Recording the conductor on the platform, computer optics interpret their actions and signal the valves to open in various configurations depending on the movements of the arms, legs and body. With no buttons to press or baton to hold, the line between conducting the fire and embodying it becomes blurred.

Saturday September 17, 2011 8:00pm - 9:00pm EDT
Superior Viaduct

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