Bloodbath - Bump Projects
08 October 2010
Bloodbath is an artwork by Bump Projects, a collaboration between Linda Dement, Nancy Mauro-Flude, Kate Richards, Francesca da Rimini and Sarah Waterson. For this project the artists respond to live incoming data from movement and collisions in an all-girl, flat track roller derby game.
Each artist makes works live on site, using wireless sensors to gather and project data as the game is played out. It is a productive collaboration between media artists and roller derby players, experimenting with the transmission of movement and collision data.
Bloodbath explores risk, game play, women’s bodies and human fascination towards violence. Artist and producer Linda Dement says that she wants ‘to engage, as an artist, with the bad girl, wild, joyful, energy of roller derby’.
This project extends the popular sporting culture of the 40 Roller Derby leagues in action throughout Australia. Both the game and the art require not just enthusiasm but specialized equipment to play out. The game requires helmets, kneepads, mouthguards and a track; the artists’ require wiimote sensors, servers and computers.
This will be the Hordern’s first live and distributed media art and sport experience with the project set to be reconfigured as a gallery exhibition in 2011.
Bloodbath takes place with the Sydney Roller Derby League match on Saturday 9 October 2010 at the Hordern Pavilion in Sydney.
For further information go to Bump Projects, and follow the event via @bloodbathbybump on Twitter
Bloodbath is supported by the Digital Culture Fund of the Australia Council for the Arts.