Digital Performance Weekender
Friday 7 – Sunday 9 November 2014
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
Participating Artists: Invisible Flock, Norah Lorway, Jo Scott, Chisato Minamimura in collaboration with Nick Rothwell & body>data>space, Kate Sicchio & Nick Rothwell, Fabio Lattanzi Antinori & Louise Ashcroft, Suzon Fuks, Steve Dixon, Julian Maynard Smith (Station House Opera), Maria Oshodi (Extant), Prof. Susan Broadhurst, Daniel Ploeger, Ellen Harlizius-Kluck, Rachel Jacobs (Active Ingredient), Tim Murray-Brown & Jan Lee, Christina Papagiannouli, Evi Stamatiou, Helen Varley Jamieson, Miljana Perić & Vicki Smith, Annie Abrahams, Camille Baker, Joel Cahen, Garrett Lynch, Joseph Hyde with Phill Tew & body>data>space, Kasia Molga & Adrian Godwin, Ka Fai Choy, Jennifer Lyn MoroneT Inc, Alex May, Nina Kov in collaboration with COLLMOT Robotic Research Group directed by Pr Tamas Vicsek, Dept of Biological Physics of the Eotvos University of Budapest, Exploring Senses CIC, Stanza