Open Call - Operative Performances "ctrl alt ESCAPE"
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- Date: Thu, 31 Mar 2011 19:03:30 +0200
*[image: operative_performances.jpg]* *___________________________________________________________________* * * * * *ctrl alt ESCAPE – Open Call* The Berlin based media art collective weareChopChop<http://www.wearechopchop.com>and LEAP <http://www.leapknecht.de> (Lab for Electronic Arts and Performance) will collaborate with invited media- and performance artists in a syncretism of advanced media technology and performing bodies. We are inviting media- software- and performance artists to participate in a 1-week workshop and work presentation with the title “ctrl alt ESCAPE”; we want to explore the topic of “digital resistance” and develop a line of tools aimed at the subversion of information power structures through digital intervention. The project will take place at LEAP in Berlin Mitte this *May 8th-13th* and is the 2nd part of the workshop & exhibition series “Operative Performances” (for detailed information on the 1st part visit WACC<http://wearechopchop.com/operative-performances/>or see the Documentation <http://www.wearechopchop.com/operative_Performances_doku.pdf> ). Operative Performance is aimed at connecting the fields of media and performance art in workshops exploring the relationship between new media technologies and the body in a setting incorporating political and academic perspectives on the subject. The workshop is framed by semi-public lectures and talks by academics/journalists/activists elaborating the topic theoretically and offering the participants critical perspectives on their work-approaches. If you are interested in participating in the project as an artist and/or a scholar and/or ... please send us some work samples along with your particular interests in terms of collaboration (conceptual approach, integrated media etc.). ___________________________________________________________________ Abstract With the ongoing event series and workshop program “Operative performances” we seek the exchange between media artists (in all categories) and “body-based” artists primarily working with performance, dance or theater. Our program is structured as a 1-week workshop among small interdisciplinary groups and concludes in a 1-night public Werkschau/presentation of the processual outcome. O.P. 2 "ctrl alt ESCAPE": Our workshop title is deducted from the keyboard short cut used to force-quit a computing process gone unresponsive or awry. For us it serves as a metaphor for an obstruction, a subversion or an intervention into digitally-based data-distribution systems moving towards unrestricted information flows, opaque recycling of (personal) data and monopolistic market dominators. In a software related context the „reboot“ command (Windows: Ctrl alt del / Mac: Cmd alt esc) that requests the system to terminate itself can be seen as expressing a paradox as one might deduct: “If self-termination is an implicit quality of the system itself, is our agency then merely an expression of that very system?” We ask: - Is actual resistance possible under the given circumstances? Are strategies of digital resistance or resistance towards the digital better suited? and -What role does the body play in a system without touch? How do we render the workings of virtual systems tangible in real space? Which problematics and which potential can we locate in the contact area of the body and its virtual extension? A central question to us is how we can interact with the complex mediated processes that determine the exchange of data, their re-contextualization and digital representational strategies and thus significantly informing society today. The processes in question take place mostly with little regard to questions of ethics, or in a wider range- of philosophy; we want to connect the topic of The Personal and The Body with (www-orientated) questions of data recycling, image domination, copyright and market. In doing so, we attempt to track the discourse from the virtual back to actual bodies – presenting our artistic output in a medial set-up of bodies performing within spaces that merge characteristics of the virtual with the real. Implicit to our title is the central imperative of examining if and how it is possible to tamper with, extend, reverse or terminate the digital processes that determine how we are being (re)presented, perceived and ultimately- who we end up being. Into the discourse we want to intertwine a broader set of associations including subversive systems, semiotics/linguistics/language/code, simulation, inter face, behavioral patterns,representational critique, image storm / Bilderflut, market dynamics, oppression, escapism, freedom fighter, piracy, Control – regaining it, reclaiming it, tracing its limits. ___________________________________________________________________ A project by Mikala Hyldig Dal <http://www.mikala-hyldig-dal.net/>, Daniel Franke<http://www.daniel-franke.com>, John McKiernan & Kai Kreuzmueller <http://www.wearechopchop.com> ___________________________________________________________________ Work Flow weareChopChop invites 5 media artists/-collectives/-groups and 5 performance artists/dancers to a 1-week workshop on May 08. 2011 to May 13. 2011 at LEAP. The theme will be “Operative Performances” as we will work in the intersection point of performance art and media art to experiment with “interactive sculptures”: sculptures that react to and interact with a moving -performing- body. The invited artists will form 5 groups pairing performance artists and media/sound artists. Each group will prepare a “staging” – a performance with a medial overlay at LEAP. The five stagings will take place on May the 13th between 7-11 p.m. in a rotating order; some might overlap if they fit the individual concept. As the workshop will take place in the same gallery as the exhibition/presentation, objects, sketches and notes from the creative work process might stay to form a processual framing of the artworks. Wearechopchop will present their research on Operative Performances and together with invited scholars offer a theoretical build up to the exhibition. The presentation will take place in the intersection point of theory and praxis and oscillate with the exhibited artworks. weareChopChop <http://www.wearechopchop.com> ___________________________________________________________________ LEAP Lab for Electronic Arts and Performance (Berlin Carré, 1. Stock) Karl-Liebknecht-Str. 13 10178 Berlin info@xxxxxxxxxxxxx www.leapknecht.de
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