Given enables the public to participate as symbolic characters within five chapters of a surrealistic narrative. One character wears a gas mask, another has a water-wheel for a head, and the third has a small gas burner for a head. Up to three persons can simultaneously use hand and body gestures to direct their characters to fly or walk within large projected environments of flowing substances:
|Given the water|
|Given the mud|
|Given the plants|
|Given the fire|
|Given the smoke|
Given provides an aesthetic environment of relationships that flow between the participants, objects and substances depicted visually and metaphorically. Participants can influence the position, orientation, and shape of their own character, the other characters and the various objects in the environments: frame structures, fences, spinning blades, gas burners and air vents. Navigation by the participants is accomplished without any sensing devices attached to their bodies. The visual features of Given are a combination of human-made and natural, prehistoric and contemporary, and phenomenological and metaphorical.
Don Ritter acknowledges the support of the Canada Council for the Arts