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Tuesday, September 23rd, 2003

Re-Doing – Do it

Original Exhibition:

Do it: Exhibition between actualization and virtualization, repetition and difference, curated by Hans Ulrich Obrist.

Re-doing Instructions:

Nam June Paik

“ANTIQUE ROME IS everybody’ s MEMORY”

“The intersection between  taxi-drivers and traffic cameras.

Performance by Marcello Mercado

Exhibition/Performance – on-line- developed in Taipei, Taiwan.

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Tuesday, September 23rd, 2003

The one-day-performance called:

“The intersection between a taxi, taxi-drivers and traffic cameras”
respond to the do itinstructions from NAM JUNE PAIK [ P-006A ]:
ANTIQUE ROME IS EVERYBODY’S MEMORY:

http://www.e-flux.com/projects/do_it/manuals/artists/p/P006/P006.html

The performance is about 15 steps:
00. Presentation
01. Instructions
02. Procedure


“ANTIQUE ROME IS everybody’s MEMORY”

Instructions by:

Nam June Paik

NAM JUNE PAIK [ P-006A ] ANTIQUE ROME IS everybody’ s MEMORY  october 95 MESSAGE FROM HANS OBRIST do it PROJECT HOME PERFORMANCE WANTS CONTRIBUTION FROM NAM JUNE PAIK NAM JUNE ok deadline november 20 he wants what instructions for do it yourself performance piece i like your poem in internet fluxus on line go to one of those COMPUTER RESTAURANTS FIND YOUR POEM ASK PAUL FOR # I DIDN’T DO IT FOR A MONTH AND THEN ANOTHER THINK OF BEST EXCUSE NO EXCUSE OH DEAR november 95 HANS ULRICH calls many times december 95 hans extend deadline I’VE NEVER BEEN TO THOSE COMPUTER COFFEE SHOPS AIYEEEEE TAXI DRIVER IDENTIFIED AS COMPUTER MAN   GIVES ME SEVERAL LOCATIONS HE GOES TO THEM FOR HOURS COMPUTER HAS SIMILAR ATTRACTION AS MIDDLE OF THE NIGHT TV OPTIMISTIC VIEW SOMEDAY COUNTRIES WILL DISAPPEAR MAYBE 50 Years.”

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Tuesday, September 23rd, 2003

Procedure:
1. I have copied the instructions and pasted on SimpleText.

2. I converted the text to sound using the Text-To-Speech software from my Macintosh. The “voice” in that time was Fred.

3. I have recorded the result and transfered to CD.

4. Listening the instructions from a CD-player I got a taxi in Taipei and asked for a “Computer Restaurant”.

5. The taxi-driver asked: “-A computer Restaurant?”

After 5 streets I said: “- If you could, please pull over just before the next street on your left.”

I began to walk listening the instructions about 2 hours.

Aprox. 2 hours later…

6. I wrote my own instructions on SimpleText:

“COMPUTER MAN 1 is a judicious biography of the notoriously prickly COMPUTER MAN 2 (and 3).
COMPUTER MAN 1 is happy, powerful, exotic, and sensible.
How to be happy at home, under a mountain, at COMPUTER RESTAURANTS, making Years With Danger?
31 december 2002: Mr COMPUTER MAN 1 asks: Ai-je progressé ?
Il faut être absolument moderne.
Il faut être absolument rouges.
COMPUTER MAN Taxi Driver 2 answers: OH yes!!! You were The Invisible Ingredient in Every Kitchen!
(and the customers did reasonably well)
Il faut être absolument self-interactive demos.
Il faut être absolument self-layouts and self-colours anywhere in the world.
COMPUTER MAN Taxi Driver 1, Now you can read your soul comments, analysis, leaders, letters, diary, corrections, clarifications, and obituaries.
Other lives but don´t think in that terms.
A  COMPUTER MAN Taxi Driver 1 as divided as a COMPUTER MAN Taxi Driver 2 can never be mentally healthy, says COMPUTER MAN Taxi Driver 3.
For good living, make a fresh start with your own COMPUTER MAN Taxi Driver!!!”

7. I converted the text to sound using the Text-To-Speech software from my Macintosh. The “voice” was Fred.

8. I have recorded the result and transfered to CD.

9. I was walking with the 2 CDs. I changed the CD-instructions 1 for CD-instructions 2

10. Walking-walking-walking on air.

11. When I arrived to my hotel I began to “chase” taxis that I found in Taipei-cctv-on-line systems. I took aprox. 80 photos. Here some of them:

12. I  mixed “Paik-Instructions”  with “my instructions” and pasted on SimpleText.

13 I converted the texts to sound using the Text-To-Speech software from my Macintosh. The “voice” in that time was Fred.

14. I have recorded the result and transfered to CD.

15. Listening the mixed-instructions from a CD-player I was drawing “COUNTRIES that WILL DISAPPEAR MAYBE  in 50 Years”

16. End of the performance.