practice: POLE POSITION #1 (5 MAY 2010; DOWNTOWN LOS ANGELES, CA)
On the question of "constant documentation" that Luis brings up, we disagreed on the nature of it. While Luis argued for audio (and possibly video) documentation, I argued for photographic and textual documentation only. This is a question of aesthetic approach and purpose that may be resolved however players see fit for their particular game. In our case, documentation consists of these narrative texts that Luis and I have provided here, and the photographic images of the game that Manuel Alejandro Rodríguez captured as Player 3 (follow link below). As Player 3 (documentarian), Alejandro quickly realized that the biggest challenge was to not let the "non-player" in the interaction realize that they were being photographed. This involved masking his activities with the decoy activity of photographing architecture and other urban elements while "sneaking" interaction shots.
All photographic images by Manuel Alejandro Rodríguez.
-I. PER:MUTATION / D N A
-II. PATHO / LOGIC / BI / POLARITY
-III. PROPOSED GAME #1: “POLE POSITION” (A.K.A. PARTNER ANTIFLÂNEUR)
practice : text: "POLE POSITION" #1 (5 MAY 2010, DOWNTOWN LOS ANGELES, CA)
practice : images: "POLE POSITION" #1 (5 MAY 2010, DOWNTOWN LOS ANGELES, CA)
Ruben R. Mendoza (concept/performance/text)
Manuel Alejandro Rodríguez (concept/photo images)
Luis A. Vega (concept/performance/text)
This project was completed in partial fulfillment of Dr. Richard W. Mitchell's Spring 2010 English graduate seminar, "Drama, Performance, and Everyday Life," at California State University, Northridge.