Voices rise. Faces revealed. The humanity of hacktivism is leaked.
A highly charged multi-media dance experience that pulls the curtain back on cyberspace, The Fifth exposes the players in the newest domain of war. Building on earlier projects that combine interests in performance, personal technology, and live multimedia events, Elson created a solo work, Operation Dissent, which examined the intent and potential behind the desire for anonymity, including the power one finds in belonging to an undisclosed critical mass. The Fifth continues this exploration by exposing motive, intent, and risk faced in being a discreet cyber vigilante. The Fifth pivots on our perception of these characters and actions as friend or foe, right or wrong — and brings hidden voices to the surface to better perceive these troubling practices and what is at stake. For a topic so new, what remains the same is conflict, conspiracy, collateral, and control.