“Protest ReEmbodied” is an interactive video performance project that gives the participant the opportunity to insert themselves into a virtual protest space and enact participating in a past street protest of their choosing via chroma-keying and a custom computer interface. Participants download the app and create their own studio set up at home and run the project from their webcam enabled computer. Highly stylized video documentation of recent protest movements are combined with the live image of the participant into a video mix which they can see, react to and create in real time. The resultant video, saved to their computer, can then be posted on social media for a further and prolonged engagement with the work and the protest movement. The piece encourages active, physical participation, a co-presence of body and mind in a political space and produces a record that leads to continued interaction.
Gearóid Dolan, aka G-man, is an activist artist from Dublin, Ireland operating out of New York City since 1987 using the brand name screaMachine. Dolan has shown extensively worldwide including The Irish Exhibition of Living Art, Dublin; Arthouse, Dublin; Temple Bar Gallery, Dublin; Franklin Furnace, NYC; PS1 MOMA, NYC; Art in General, NYC; The Kitchen, NYC; Moving Image Gallery, NYC; Westbourne Studios, London, Cyberarts Pris Ars Electronica, Austria, New Forms, Vancouver; and many more galleries and festivals around the globe. Five time winner of the NYSCA Film, Media and New Technologies Award amongst others, Dolan has been working on developing ways to interface directly with the public via performances, street interventions and new media works. Their work reflects the social movements of the times, offering an alternative mechanism for the re- broadcasting of the voice of the people, a screaMachine.