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An intervention into 'Can You See Me Now?' by Blast Theory and the Mixed Reality Lab
9-11 May 2007, IFSC, Dublin, Ireland - Ian Russell with the assistance of Danielle O'Donovan

Presented to the Politics of Presence Colloquium, Critical Studies in New Media Group, Stanford Humanities Lab

Now published as: Russell, I. 2010 ‘"Can you see me now?": Archaeological sensibility breaking the "fourth wall" of the analog:digital divide' in V. O. Jorge & J. Thomas (eds.) Archaeology and the politics of vision in a post-modern context. Cambridge Scholars Publishing, Newcastle upon Tyne, pp. 118-46.


During 9-12 May 2007, the Blast Theory performance group staged ‘Can You See Me Now?’, a dynamic and interactive cat and mouse performance/game in the IFSC, Dublin, Ireland as part of We Are Here 2.0.

On 9-11 May 2007, I staged a multi-phase intervention into the world of CYSMN and the Blast Theorists in order to test the boundaries of their new media performances and game(scripts). I wanted to explore the ironies evident in the dialectical opposition of ‘virtual’ and ‘real’ worlds in their game architecture focusing on the constructed drama/politics of absence and presence, engagement and detachment and participation and disillusionment.

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