Ekphrastic Excess

Eamon O’Connor

A multi-media performance environment that links live animation, music, and poetry are into a dynamic, self-propelled loop.


Ekphrasis – the practice of interpreting an existing work of art in a new medium – is an artistic tradition dating back at least as far as Homer. Ekphrastic Excess takes up this venerable tradition as a model for live interaction, situating three participants in an interpretive feedback loop and accelerating the entire process almost to real time. Each participant both performer and audience, responsible for producing either music, poetry, or drawing based on the output of the preceding participant. The resulting system provides a new context for participants to confront the ethical question that is as familiar to us as it was to the Ancient Greeks: How should one act in a world whose only constant is change?