quarta-feira, novembro 28, 2012

liveness: to continue to be alive

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(via The Long Table on "Liveness" and Technology at Culturehub's Media Circus)

A long table discussion curated by CultureHub and Culturebot bringing the discussion to the topics of "Liveness" and Technology...
Over the past year the experiences on Telepresence and meeting projects that use the internet as a way of not only promoting the work developed but as one of the basic structures that support either the concept or part of it has made me aware that is something that we can (obviously) choose but that we can't deny. 
In the year 2000 for me the internet was a slow connection that allowed me to have an unneeded email account, a noisy dial-up connection that would count by the $econd and a whole new world very different from what I had previously imagined, after having watched many hollywood movies where the internet was a bunch of green data loading on a screen.
Email blast - I remember - was my first attempt to what we could call of crowdfunding... or just getting people excited about what I was doing at the time. All very näive I would say, thinking about it.
The only true thing is that I keep thinking about somekind of humanization of the whole internet world. How can you still feel some kind of humanity within the whole technological apparatus? I've found that on having people interacting with eachother on camera. My first encounter with these kind of tool was in PEER-TO-PEER (2010) where we explored the potential of chatroulette.com, the new chaotic network that was making a revolution changing (once more) the way people communicated between them. By that time the platform was still subject of curiosity, although it had been around since 2009, the media had been subject of massification, not only because it was fun but because it became exiciting to be able to see and meet random people from anywhere, at anytime. No time constraints; No names; No rules... (well, some!) 
This platform became subject of studies on human behaviour, individuality, personality like some others in the past had, of course, but this time everything was clear to everyone, people could see who they were talking to, and they could just by clicking a key change the person in front of them. Having been involved in that project and having worked so close with projects that involved this form of communication with others made me realise that one of the keys is in fact the ability of people watching eachothers live, again, with no time constraints, having the possibility to "travel" anywhere to see a show, a conference, a talk, and even more exiciting if they can be also part of the experience. 
Technology keeps developing and it has always been something that artists searched for as a way of enhancing their works. For me the experience is not only enhanced for artistic purposes but it can bring audiences closer to what it's being made, explored, taught, etc. ... To continue to be alive.

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terça-feira, novembro 27, 2012

10 years after...

A beats B to death with the brick..
(Addition, July 1991).
HEARTPLAY by Heiner Müller

segunda-feira, novembro 26, 2012

sexta-feira, novembro 23, 2012

this is suffering and death

Agatha et les lectures illimitées
Director: Marguerite Duras
Year: 1981

sexta-feira, novembro 16, 2012

thank you google!

quinta-feira, novembro 15, 2012

remove RADICAL from the equation

What is feminism?

British suffragist and journalist Rebecca West famously said, "Feminism is the radical notion that women are people." In other words, feminism is a commitment to achieving the equality of the sexes. This radical notion is not exclusive to women: men, while benefiting from being the dominant sex, also have a stake in overcoming the restrictive roles that deprive them of full humanity.

NI UNA MÁS - qualcosa si è rotto by Inoutput

Yesterday a friend of mine talked about someone saying that another one looked 'so gay' and by that meaning that the other person looked alright, happy and, more than that, beautiful. The discussion that followed had to do - again - with labels and how sometimes labels are not just a sign of prejudice (which sometimes they are not) but that they are in their core of meaning the real core of a prejudice against something. 
Maybe we just have to go back and redefine everything, redefine concepts, genders, attitudes, social hierarchy, define them in a way that they stop being "radical notions" about something because some of those radicalisms are pretty much outdated already. Maybe not everywhere, but if the effort is made towards the changing of meaning of some real and basic concepts - basic as Man and Woman for instance - and if we go even further on erasing some of those concepts from the characteristic of "radical" (that are always responsable by bringing an idea of difference between equally classifiable individuals) in Western Society would be a an improvement in terms of getting over with a range of prejudices that set a trend of behaviour towards what should not be - still - a problem in terms of classification, that goes wider than just a biological classification system in which we are based. 
Although NI UNA MÁS focuses on the subject of feminicide, it talks about human existence, raising awareness to a problem, but more than a problem that involves women it's a problem that has to do with a difference taught to us since we are born. A difference that makes us believe that rights are not the same for everyone, that we measure our importante and pertinence based on strength and power over the others, that we are made of an equation that equals the human to how much power can we exercise outside of ourselves, not even considering that we are - by external evaluation of others 'value' - judging what we are in that moment.

on querelle and other subjects

Anyone who hasn't experienced the ecstasy of betrayal knows nothing about ecstasy at all.

-- Jean Genet

terça-feira, novembro 13, 2012

Art Monthly : Article : Video history – who needs it? We do argues Catherine Elwes

Art Monthly : Article : Video history – who needs it? We do argues Catherine Elwes

When video emerged in this country in the early 70s, it shared with its American counterparts an euphoric rejection of both easel art and the conventions of gallery-based sculpture. The author had not yet died but a Marxist analysis of the art market soon dispensed with the art object now regarded as the ultimate saleable commodity underpinning the workings of venture capitalism. ‘Cultural workers’ engaged in process-based hybrid activities – mostly performance and installation – where they could sell their labour by the hour like any other member of the workforce. Independent film already had a well-established theoretical framework which was radicalising the analysis of narrative structures but video lent itself more readily to the politics of procedure that performance initiated. In fact one of the earliest uses of video was as an adjunct to performance. Artists like Tina Keane used a closed-circuit system to present a mediated view of the proceedings simultaneously with the live event.

"Untitled," 2011

"Untitled," 2011

By Antony Hegarty

What are you currently inspired by?I found these posters of Ethyl Eichelberger from the early '80s. They are heartbreaking objects to me. She committed suicide [in 1990], believing she was about to die from AIDS. One of my best friends, Chloe Dzubilo, the outspoken trans / AIDS activist, killed herself last year after a very long and exhaustive battle with AIDS and inadequate healthcare. I have been looking at these pictures of Ethyl next to a picture of Chloe on my wall. Twenty years separate those deaths, both suicides of powerful, mythic downtown New York City figures, responding to AIDS in very different eras.

quinta-feira, novembro 08, 2012

November 7, 1919 – January 13, 2011

Created with Gifboom

For more than a year I've heard about this wonderful woman that shaped the heart of Off.Off Broadway, that kept moving forward despite all the barriers and prejudices that were put against her and what she believed.

For more than a year I've been inspired by people that worked closely with her and that carry her dream and her strength.

For more than a year that an unique street, a part of East 4th St, where it meets 2nd Avenue, is called Ellen Stewart Way. Her way. Way to go.

For more than a year that I've been feeling that I should go along with the sage advice that I heard people talk about her giving: JUST DO IT!

And for more than a year that I feel that I keep getting to know her through the people I meet, that talk about her, that talk about all of the experiences of working with someone like her. To be fearless. To be on the edge of yourself by finding new challenges, pursuing your goals, believing that you got what it takes to make it. Because if you want to make it, you just have to make it.
I see and hear in all of those that keep her memory alive, that she is warmly missed by everyone, and that their eyes wonder in trying to find someone that I never knew in person but that I've experienced through all of the others. Her dream.
I don't know what LaMaMa means to a lot of people. I know only a tiny part of a story that has 50 years, of a woman that would be 93 by now... so this is what I know: Thank you. And if you don't know her, go out and look. A lot is still to be seen and heard from the legacy of people that she taught and that are a part of her, in their looks, in their words, in their desires, in their inner thoughts.

terça-feira, novembro 06, 2012

segunda-feira, novembro 05, 2012


Telematic Dreaming, with its connotations of intimacy and dream states, extends telepresence beyond the screen to spatialize the site of interaction and transform it into a live theatrical event in which visitors are key performers. The work explores presence, absence and the psychology of human interaction within technologically mediated communications.

domingo, novembro 04, 2012

sábado, novembro 03, 2012

Milan, November 3rd, 2012


occupy! in milan

MACAO - chronicle of an occupation
"We want to show how the culture industry produces disparity, in Milan and beyond it, on both the work and urban fronts", adds Angelo. "What does the event economy leave on the ground — from the Furniture Fair to the EXPO, the Venice Biennale and the Forum delle Culture in Naples? Basically nothing, not for the citizens or the so-called creatives. It commandeers free labour and public space. It produces gentrification, like the huge Porta Nuova area behind here has done in the Isola district."

Viale Molise, 68

The quote above relates to when MACAO (also spelled M^C^O) decided to occupy Torre Galfa in Milan hoping to undertake the "system" and turn a closed and forgotten space into a new center for artistic research and give opportunity to many that don't have a place to showcase their works. A group of activists that believe in the potentialities of bringing life into so many of the urban voids that are forgotten and that due to economical and political reasons are kept that way. Although a huge process of restoring the largest occupied space in Europe the strength wasn't enough to keep them from being evicted on May 15th 2012. They kept on being evicted from different spaces along the year, and now they're back at Viale Molise, 68, Milan where the event EXP_NOV - Giornate sulla sperimentazione acustica e visiva - opened yesterday night and runs until November 8th with a series of performances, video and music jams, improvisations, workshops and like the group has been known for a series of activities that enhance whatever space they are on.
Probably this new space and occupation will bring M^C^O back in the front line of discussion because of why are they not being left alone doing what they are so eager to do, promote culture, promote free culture and the right to use infrastructures that are not part of the cultural circuit and turn them into one more. If that is in fact what they're so eager to do, so why not let them do it?

sexta-feira, novembro 02, 2012


we're still on the road...

here's a still of today's "giornatta" stopping in Ferrara for some interviews about what people know and have to say about feminicide. capturing voices, moments, faces, reactions... but above all getting in touch with people, approach them, hearing them, even if it's just "I don't have time right now!"...