Some highlights from Networked Bodies, the Digital Performance Weekender, at Watermans Gallery last weekend (07/11/14 – 09/11/14) in London. The gallery looked superb with some very interesting and diverse works – very happy with the way three of my works were exhibited. The symposium also had a few highlights, I was particularly interested in Julian Maynard Smiths paper which explored ideas of what is ‘real’ and ‘virtual’ as part of networked practice.
Above: The Sandwich Board.
Above: The Distinction Between Here and There, Now and Then and to the left on the computer A network of people who attended an exhibition and contributed to the creation of this work.
Above: The Anatomy of a Human Breath by Kasia Molga & Adrian Godwin.
Above: A paper given by Steve Dixon as part of the Symposium theme Telecollaborate Practices.
Above: A paper given by Julian Maynard Smith as part of the Symposium theme Telecollaborate Practices.
Above: A paper given by Body > Data > Space as part of the Symposium theme Connecting Senses.
Below is the full programme for the event.
I’m pleased to announce that I will be exhibiting three works as part of Networked Bodies: Digital Performance Weekender at Watermans from the 7th to 9th of November. One of the works, The Distinction Between Here and There, Now and Then will be a gallery premiere and another A network of people who attended an exhibition and contributed to the creation of this work will be exhibited and open to participation for the last time.
The event which is all at once an exhibition, performances and symposium has an interesting line-up. If your in London try to pop along over the course of the weekend, I hope to be there Friday and Saturday so say hello.
The following is the event statement:
Networks are at the heart of how we live today. Networks generate transnational zones of action, bring together communities, circulate knowledge and information, expand spheres of influence, contaminate ideas, germinate exchanges, foster innovation, and facilitate distribution of power. However, networks are unfairly distributed and closely monitored. Geopolitical injustices and dominant political and economic forces mean that networks can foster segregation, facilitate hyper-centralized forms of citizen surveillance and control, fragment living space and experience. These developments of the network society generate social tensions, which invest the task of understanding networks in their many manifestations –including cultural ones– with social and political urgency.
Networks, despite many past promises of disembodiment and internationalism through the obsolescence of both bodies and geographical boundaries – promises now widely perceived themselves as obsolete – are still experienced by subjects that remain both embodied and geographically situated (Cohen, 2012: 11) As Cohen argues, not only are networks firmly connected to material bodies and physical geographies, but they also play “an increasingly significant role in constructing embodied experience” (ibid), by both empowering and configuring the “networked self” (ibid: 12).
In Networked Bodies at Watermans we want to explore networked performance practices with a view to considering how they transform live (embodied, disembodied and trans-bodied) performance practices. We are keen to consider the many, increasingly well documented, exciting possibilities these present to live performance, as well as their potential downsides. Speaking for the devil (so to speak), we ask: do these practices raise any ethical concerns through the use of surveillance and control, fragmentation of space and experience, alienation or even exploitation of their participants? Networked Bodies will aim to look beyond shiny appearances and into the –occasionally dirty– folds of the networks (and the bodies).
Curated by Maria Chatzichristodoulou (aka Maria X) and Irini Papadimitriou, the full programme for the event is available online here.
A short(ish) article on the Remote Encounters conference and Liminalities journal special issue titled Remote Encounters: a report about networking practitioners has been published on Digicult.it.
The journal of performance studies, Liminalities issue 10.1, a special issue guest edited by Garrett Lynch (University of South Wales) and Rea Dennis (Deakin University), is now online. The contributions to this issue have been compiled from the outcomes of the international conference Remote Encounters: Connecting Bodies, Collapsing Spaces and Temporal Ubiquity in Networked Performance held at the University of South Wales on the 11th and 12th of April 2013. The conference brought together artists and scholars with a joint interest in using networks as a means to enhance or create a wide variety of performance arts. The direct url to the issue is below, please do forward to your networks/colleagues etc.
Liminalities issue 10.1 – http://liminalities.net/10-1/
If you’re in Cardiff before the 30th of April, it’s worth going along to see Matthew Britton’s curatorial project Out of Office at Arcade Cardiff:
Out of Office is a micro curatorial platform that utilises the auto-reply feature that is present on most email accounts as a method of distributing art. I wish to suggest an even more intimate way of distributing and viewing online works, one which is primarily in the comfort of your own mailbox.
In order to view the work you need only send an email to the assigned email address and wait for the auto reply.
The project features works by: Matthew Britton, Emilie Gervais, Constant Dullaart, Kim Asendorf, Jonas Lund, Sebastian Schmieg, Matthew Williamson, Johannes P Osterhoff, Naomi Heath, Shia LaBeouf, Nastja Säde Rönkkö, Luke Turner, Winnie Soon and Susan Scarlata. If you’re nowhere near Cardiff the works can also be accessed directly from the project website.