Rhizome DC Presents Tom Boram Star Trick: The Next Iteration

By Editorial Team on October 4, 2016

Sat, 08 October 2016 - Mon, 31 October 2016

Photo courtesy of Rhizome DC.
Photo courtesy of Rhizome DC.


Opening: Saturday, October 8 at 8pm


$5 Donation requested

On Saturday October 8th, Rhizome DC opens a new interactive video art installation by Baltimore artist Tom Boram.

Star Trick: The Next Iteration is an algorithmic, non-deterministic TV spaceship drama that requires a set of data to work and is set inside a set of data. A user can change the character of the video by changing the identity of the characters. Genre is like gender, a gene from which the generic generates. If you don’t think of Star Trick: The Next Iteration as a television program, you can think of it as a television “program” – a genetic map rather than a storyline. Perhaps the Captain has lost the crew, perhaps the ship has never had any fuel in it. Only machines can keep up with the Telepath’s sexual stamina. Television should be thought of as a synthesizer of human ideas and situations. If we de-emphasize the story, and instead emphasize the “idea,” narrative can be synthesis – open ended and flexible, true to life and ambiguous, yet ripe with meaning.

At the opening on October 8th, Tom will give an audiovisual talk on the process behind ST:TNI touching on various things like computer programming, genre programming, psychedelic drugs, solipsism, fractal math, The Fresh Prince of Bel Air, telepathy, rebelling against method acting, the television synthesizer, the music synthesizer, gender, gender in television, vision, and sound.

Assisting with the evening will be the remarkable performance art duo of Peter Redgrave and Khristian Weeks. They *might* appear to be a musician and dancer, working together in a “collaboration.” They are basically indescribable, however, and so this description fails.

Rhizome DC is located at 6950 Maple St. NW. For more information, visit www.rhizomedc.org.