scores for performance
|As part of a larger project that explores compression as a historiographical device and an experiential one, Crowd Scores turns to the aimless or unruly crowd as a place of unstable embodiment, and specifically to computational models of crowd behavior.
||In 2004, the Brazilian Petroleum Company initiated the development of PetroSim, a computational model for simulating the evacuation of crowds in the areas around the company's industrial facilities. Itself built on longstanding liberal theories of the crowd as an existential threat in need of disciplining, PetroSim has spawned multiple applications through apparatuses of control ranging from urban planning, to public safety authorities, to military agencies.
||Crowd Scores misappropriates the schematics and language of PetroSim to compose scores for performing—through the body—altered models. The scores generate a bad data set, undermining the enthronement of the crowd leader, redirecting the inclination toward safety, and otherwise offering some movements for momentarily suspending the behavioral norms incorporated in the self-directed liberal subject.