Wenqi Li

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Metron Busker


Washington Square Park(Premiere)
April 29, 2018

TOOLS: Raspberry Pi, Web Socket, Node.js, JavaScript, MIDI
ROLE: Creator, Creative Technologist

Metron Busker is my strategy for intervening in the urban space as a high tech street performer, using a networked toolkit. Metron Busker is a performance enabled by tools, and it is also the toolkit that enables the performance.

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The public arena of the street is where performers can insert new, dynamic, stirring, living experiences into a highly commercialized context. It is where moments of sociality and conviviality are created in everyday life.

In contrast to the absence of authorship that often defines graffiti or public art installations, street performance—especially busking—puts the spotlight directly on the author. A busker’s performance is shaped by their mood, their stories and their connection to the site of performance. Busking is a robust form of self-expression.

Stemming from my interest in this potential for self-expression and in acts of intervention to the public space, my thesis Metron Busker is an exploration of my creative approach toward busking. I use it to reposition myself as a busker delivering a performance as an escape from the burden of anxiety caused by living in a tech driven age.

[Working in progress...]