Ducktape / Silent Ducktape.

performance series / 10-60 min / 2016 & 2017

Stein Egerta, Schaan, FL

Ducktape shows the performance of a computer program and its inscription onto the body. By programming a simple Python script, the algorithm creates a machine spitting out audio commands. These recorded voice commands include vocabulary from code, military and dance language.


The inscription of the body by code aims to heighten the visibility of the human and machine interface. From the cybernetic perspective, the snake bites itself into the tail. The author coded the self-imposed algorithm, simoultaneously being the executing body. The paint brush is not to be understood as a pure reference to painting or the image, but rather as a prosthesis, which the body needs. The development of this work led to Silent Ducktape, which is performed with water, instead of paint. In this way the focus shifts more to the body and its movements.