Floating Point Unit uses and addresses new media technologies with a special emphasis on distance performance and internet broadcasting. The F.P.U. group stages media-saturated installation events and constructs real and virtual (vrml) architectural structures to contain them. They combine digital/analog electronics, performance art, and experimental video observation platforms to form multi-layered audio-visual environments.
http://www.thing.net/~floating

Jeff Gompertz/ Vlasta Mikic/ Prema Murthy/ Bruno Ricard
floating@thing.net

FLOATING POINT UNIT
(CHRONOLOGY)

JUNE 30, 31, 1994: HYBRIDOME -
Digital open house and video screening. Founding event for Floating Point Unit and its location FPU 13 in the East Village. NYC

AUGUST 1994: ENTHROPY, DETRITUS FROM THE LATE 20TH CENTURY - Muti-media art show curated by Alfredo Martinez. FPU 13, NYC.

DECEMBER 1994: AUDIENCE PARTICIPATION PIECE #1 - Immersive inflatable environment made of polyethylene plastic. Jupiter Interactive, 600 Broadway, NYC.

JANUARY 28, 1995: JUNGLE FILE -
A spectacle of polythylene architecture, hyper-attenuated video digestion, cross-platform electronic tissue connections and Jungle music/culture. Jupiter Interactive, 600 Broadway, NYC.

MARCH 1995: DIGITAL BE-IN-
Digital Open House #2 in an abandoned synagogue immersed in plastic. Orensanz Synagogue, Lower Eastside, NYC.

MARCH 28, 1995: THE LOFT - Audio/Visual plastic spectacle in an abandoned nightclub. East Village, NYC.

JUNE 20, 1995: BUBBLE #5 - In conjunction with Tom and Andy Productions. The Tunnel, NYC.

AUGUST 1995: EXTREMELY REFRIGERATED SUMMER TRUCK TOUR - A roving installation of sound, light and ice docking at various locations in Soho. NYC.

OCTOBER 1995: EXTREMELY REFRIGERATED - Video/installation/performance infestation in an abandoned meat cooler. First group installation event with remote data hook-up using cuseeme. Gansevoort Street, Meat Packing District, NYC.

NOVEMBER 18, 1995; PSEUDO IMMERCESION, A CHANCE OPERATION PERFORMED ON THE MERCE CUNNINGHAM DANCE CO. - Live/robotic/video performance. Pseudo Programs, NYC.

FEBRUARY 1996: YORB TV - Experimental internet/cable broadcast in conjunction with the Interactive Telecommunications Program at New York University, NYC.

DECEMBER 1995: THE BARDO - The First Tokyo/NY multimedia collaboration of Butoh dance, music and virtual environment. Gertrude Stein Theater, NYC.

JANUARY 25 - FEBRUARY 10, 1996 - OBSERVATION PLATFORM - An installation project specifically designed for simultaneous live view and broadcast on the internet, HERE Gallery, NYC.
MARCH 4, 5 1996: TELEPRESENCE - Second Tokyo - NY collaboration of butoh dance, music by Elliott Sharp, and virtual environment. Gertude Stein Repertory Theater, NYC.

APRIL 1996: BUBBLE-55 - Opening for DotCom Online Artiste, 55 Broad Street, NYC.

MAY 11, 1996: BWO - Theatrical/mixed-media performance within a bubble environment. Pseudo Programs, NYC.

SEPTEMBER 5-8, 1996: 3 sites 4 days -
sound/video/performance installations at The Experimental Video Festival at Void and the Orensanz Synagogue and the Cyber-Soho Arts Festival at Space Untitled. NYC.

OCTOBER 1996: BUBBLE - MILAN - Inflatable for designer spring collection. Milan, Italy

NOVEMBER 1996: OVNI 360 - Omnidirectional live video bubble for wireless feeds and 3 mixstations. Grand Ballroom, Williamsburg, Brooklyn

NOVEMBER 14, 1996: IN - CORPOREAL - Video/sound/performance for the opening of BRAT a public arts organization for new media. Void, NYC.

DECEMBER 12, 1996: COMA - The narrative of the original movie is destabilized through video infestion, new technologies, performance, installation art, music and NYC dance culture within a 7,000 sq. ft. Inflatable polyethylene ecosystem. Roseland Ballroom, NYC.

DECEMBER, 1996: BLAST5DRAMA, Sound installation within the hypertext BLAST narrative. Sandra Gering Gallery, NYC.

FEB. - MARCH, 1996: EMERGENT (C) ROOM-PORT- A group show featuring remote performance/installations organized by Artnevweb. The List Visual Arts Center at MIT, Cambridge, MA.

MARCH 7, 1997: TELEPRESENCE, 97 - Tokyo - NY collaboration with motion capture technology, FPU virtual environment. Knitting Factory, NYC.

MARCH 14, 1997: THE FLOATING THING - Live internetcast from THE THING, NYC.

MARCH - JUNE, 1997 : CUseeME TV - INTERNET/CABLE SHOW - A cross-platform cable TV show using cuseeme featuring an ongoing narrative with real participants in a virtual place. Channel 16, NYC.

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