About The Project
We Ping Good Things To Life was an ever evolving and expanding interactive networked installation that brought together elements of Toy Theater, Vaudeville performance, Surrealism, and consumer culture. Users could activate dozens of found and appropriated objects to create a unique performance, alone or with others, via the live streaming video feed. All acts have been completed and the project is now archived.
"Act 5: The 5th Greatest Show On Earth" explores circus and sideshow themes.
Our dog Lulu played a role in "Act 4: Some people would give their right arm for the priviledge." when she chewed off the arm of our Dr. Frank-N-Furter action figure. This act is dedicated to Lulu. It comments on the sacrifices people make to participate in show business.
"Act 3: America's Favorite!" is an examination of masculinity and the influence of American popular media.
"Act 2: Play For Me!", an homage to Tom Igoe, is about the tradition of live music. Oh, and monkeys.
Inspired by the work of friend and artist Jarvis Rockwell, "Act 1: Remember When We Used To Have Fun?" explores the hidden lives of toys.
New acts exploring assemblage, puppetry, and animatronics through themes of cabaret and the circus sideshow will be introduced every three weeks through June 4, 2012. The dates for additional new acts are: March 12, April 2, April 24, and May 14. The project will be archived through a series of video highlights of the many performances.
We Ping Good Things To Life is a 2011 commission of New Radio and Performing Arts, Inc. for its Turbulence website. It was made possible with funding from the Jerome Foundation.
This project makes use of Arduino, jQuery Mobile, jQuery Mobile Carousel, JW Player, Node.js, Socket.IO, and Wowza Streaming Server. It is best experienced on a desktop computer with a WebKit based browser such as Apple Safari or Google Chrome.
The artists would like to thank John Duane, Jo-Anne Green, Caleb & Jed Hall, Tom Igoe, Jarvis Rockwell, Danny Rozin, The Seven Family, and Helen Thorington.