Performers take their improvisational cues from live internet chat sniffed from local public wireless hotspots.
Coffee Cantata is a performance that brings two remote locations together via the Internet. The performance space, which is designed to simulate a coffee shop, is equipped to receive a live video and text stream from a remote coffee shop. The incoming text consists of live “sniffed” chat conversations from the wireless network at the coffee shop. The performers then treat the incoming chat conversations as a script, “performing” these live displaced narratives using improvised gesture, song and spoken word. The live video feed of the “real” coffee shop forms the backdrop for this dynamically scripted performance.