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Imaginary evidence CD ROM

posted on 2023-06-07, 23:03 authored by Mary Krell
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Forced Entertainment



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`Imaginary Evidence' is an interactive critical archive that reflects upon the work and working process of Forced Entertainment, a performance group in which Krell occupied the role of sole digital author. Ten years in development, 'Imaginary Evidence' grew from the research question, 'How can digital media be used to create and confound archival tendencies associated with live performance?'. In response, this interactive CD-ROM layers documentary footage, fiction, home-movies, sound, show-clips, anecdote, theory, interviews and text to create an original interactive exploration of the group's work, methods and pre-occupations which implicates users in the making of the work. Krell created all of the interactive and visual structures for the project and directed a team of research assistants during its creation. In doing so, she created conceptual digital frameworks which afforded users experiences of the collision of oppositional ideas, the juxtaposition of sense and non-sense, the drift from, around and to a point which are the project's modus operandi. There is no correct sequence for Imaginary Evidence which is as much a landscape of ideas as it is a regular essay. Through the interactive structures created by Krell, these ideas, textures, facts and evidence can endlessly be re-sequenced, re-contextualized and, by implication, re-made. Krell's work within Forced Entertainment over the decade that the project was created included the development of a series of prototype projects including `Nightwalks', winner of the Transmediale prize at the 2000 Berlin Film Festival. 'Imaginary Evidence' was shown widely between 2002 and 2004 at locations including The Rotterdamse Shouwburg (Netherlands), The Los Angeles Museum of Contemporary Art (USA), Site Gallery and the Tate Modern (UK) and multiple academic conferences. An investigation of the project was published by the Annenberg Center for Communication's 'Vectors' journal under the title, 'Investigating Imaginary Evidence' in 2005 (see portfolio of evidence disc).

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