October 17, 2014
Networked Bodies: Digital Performance Weekender | Watermans 7-9 November


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.

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August 12, 2014
Colony 14


I’m showing some new work, called A network of people who attended an exhibition and contributed to the creation of this work, as part of Out of Office which is being exhibited at the Colony 14 Festival taking place across four venues in Cardigan, Wales.

The festival runs from the 20th of August until the 1st of September (daily 11am-3pm, 11am-7pm on the 22nd and 23rd of August) and is showing over 50 artists through installation, drawing, lens-based, time-based sculpture, painting, film, sculpture, performance, workshops, talks (and of course new media).

For a complete program of events see the webpage here. For details on how to get to Cardigan see the webpage here.

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April 20, 2013
Remote Encounters – outcomes

Remote Encounters: Connecting bodies, collapsing spaces and temporal ubiquity in networked performance, a two-day international conference with performance evening, exploring the use of networks as a means to enhance or create a wide variety of performance arts is now over.

The event brought delegates from Wales, England, France, Holland, Germany, Spain, Sweden, Norway and Turkey together to practice and discuss areas including live streaming video performance, virtual worlds, sonic arts, net.art, haptics, dance and theatre which all incorporated network performance. A special issue of the journal Liminalities will be published later this year documenting the event. If you missed it or could not attend please keep an eye on this weblog and the Remote Encounters site for a call for additional contributions which will be announced soon.

Below are a selection of photographs and screenshots from the event. To view all see the Remote Encounters group on Flickr.

Above: Presents // Presence by Lembrança (Rea Dennis & Magda Miranda)

Above: On LOVE by Annie Abrahams

Above: Synema by Jérôme Joy

Above: Human Stitches by Prof. Dr. Stahl Stenslie

Above: Pain Dance by Alan Sondheim and Sandy Baldwin

Above: disDance 11054.80 by Heidi Saarinen and Ian Willcock

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March 25, 2013
Remote Encounters – 11/12 April 2013 – last few weeks to register!

The culmination of many, many months of research and work will soon be here. The Remote Encounters conference is almost upon us, register now to avoid disapointment!


Remote Encounters: Connecting bodies, collapsing spaces and temporal ubiquity in networked performance

keywords: performance, networked, body, space, place, time, real, virtual

URL: http://remote-encounters.tumblr.com/

:: Description ::

Since the internet entered the public domain in the early 90′s there has been an explosion in artistic interest in its use as a means, site and context for creative practice. Much of this practice is performative in nature; ether originating from a performance background and using the internet as a new site and/or augmenting aspect of that practice or is a form of practice developed as direct response to the internet and becomes performative to some degree in its spectatorship.

It has been well established that the internet is not the first or only example of the use of a networked technology repurposed for creative practice. There is a clear time line that can be traced back through the practice of Roy Ascott and his coining of the term Telematic Art in the 1980′s to artist’s use of satellite networks, telephone and other telecommunication devices as each were invented. Seen in this respect the internet can be considered as one of many networked technologies that has enabled networked performance.

The internet is unique however in that it is not a singular network type that favours a particular form of media, broadcast or spectatorship. Most famously known as the network of networks it enables multiple protocols of which the world wide web’s http is just one, is multimedia in nature and encourages intertextual folding and layering of media, is multi-directional not simply a broadcast communication form, de-centralised in ownership and the majority of its technologies are openly accessible.

Remote Encounters, a two-day international conference with performance evening, aims to explore the use of networks as a means to enhance or create a wide variety of performance arts. How do networks as a site for performance provide opportunities for us as artists and performers? In particular how can we remotely collaborate, merge geographically separate places and times, reconfigure the space of performance and the relationship between artist and audience?

:: Keynotes/Key performers ::

Elif Ayiter – Sabanci University and Editor of Metaverse Creativity (http://www.intellectbooks.co.uk/journals/view-journal,id=179/)
Marc Garrett – Furtherfield (http://www.furtherfield.org/)
Annie Abrahams – Artist (http://bram.org/)

Also including: Alan Sondheim and Sandy Baldwin, Patrick Lichty, Bibbe Hansen and Second Front, Jerome Joy, Paula Crutchlow and Helen Varley Jamieson, Prof. Dr. Stahl Stenslie, Tony Olsson, Andreas Gøransson and David Cuartielles, Sander Veenhof, Heidi Saarinen and Ian Willcock, Elizabeth Leister, Cassandra Tytler, Rea Dennis and Magda Miranda, Ximena Alarcón, Ivani Santana, Beatriz Albuquerque, Kate Genevieve, Giulia Ranzini, Christina Papagiannouli, Giovanni Boccia Artieri, Laura Gemini and Federica Timeto, Erik Geelhoed, Phil Durrant, Tina Mariane Krogh Madsen.

Full schedule online here:

Fee – academic affiliated £100, non-affiliated £50

:: Conference information ::

Location: ATRiuM, Cardiff School of Creative & Cultural Industries, University of Glamorgan, Adam Street, Cardiff, Wales, CF24 2FN.

Date: 11th – 12th of April 2013

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November 27, 2012
Turing Complete User by Olia Lialina


Turing Complete User is an interesting essay on the impact of transparent interface design/invisible technology by Olia Lialina which has just been posted through the nettime-l mailing list.

The following are the first two paragraphs:

Computers are getting invisible. They shrink and hide. They lurk under the skin and dissolve in the cloud. We observe the process like an eclipse of the sun, partly scared, partly overwhelmed. We divide into camps and fight about advantages and dangers of The Ubiquitous. But whatever side we take — we do acknowledge the significance of the moment.

With the disappearance of the computer, something else is silently becoming invisible as well — the User. Users are disappearing as both phenomena and term, and this development is either unnoticed or accepted as progress — an evolutionary step.

The full essay is online here: http://contemporary-home-computing.org/turing-complete-user/

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