Alpha Girls is a collection of three "cyber performances" by internationally acclaimed Canadian performance artists Kinga Araya, Louise Liliefeldt and Tanya Mars. In collaboration with each artist, filmmaker Midi Onodera has directed and designed a DVD presentation of each performance that provides a set of unique interactive possibilities.
Alpha Girls continues Onodera's exploration of non-linear narrative structure within the boundaries of recorded performance. Conventionally, performance art lasts only for the length of the performance. Film or video of the performance is considered documentation of the artwork and not the artwork itself. Alpha Girls shifts this concept of an appointed time and space performance and forges a kind of cyberlink between the performer and the audience.
Onodera writes: "I chose to deal with performance art as the basis of the DVD project in order to shift traditional concepts of live performance and audience interplay. From an aesthetic and stylistic standpoint, I am interested in utilizing the most appropriate and complementary technical practices that enrich the visual impact/relationship to the viewer. With Alpha Girls, I have combined the high-end technology of the DVD format with simple digital toy recording devices such as the Tyco toy camera and the Trendmasters digital camera – this is the foundation for the examination of the advancement of technology itself."
The three performances are as diverse in their subject matter as they are in their execution. Mars' piece, My Dinner with Woofie, is a seemingly simple commentary on cloning. Araya's Grounded (III) focuses on a bodily manifestation of female identity in a public space. Liliefeldt's Quarter After is an intense portrayal of the physical and psychological nature of work and labour. Through this diversity, Alpha Girls highlights the possibilities of interactive performance art through the digital frontier of DVD.
More information can be found on the Alpha Girls website.