[NetBehaviour] Networked Bodies: Digital Performance Weekender | Watermans 7-9 November

Irini Papadimitriou irini at watermans.org.uk
Fri Oct 17 22:54:17 CEST 2014

Dear All

I am very pleased to announce Networked Bodies, a long weekend of
performances, talks, installations and workshops, exploring networks and
networked performance practices at Watermans.

I hope you can join us!

All the best
Irini Papadimitriou
Head of New Media Arts Development
40 High Street
Direct line: +44 (0)20 8232 1012
Admin: +44 (0)20 8232 1020

*NETWORKED BODIESDigital Performance WeekenderFriday 7 – Sunday 9 November
2014Watermans *

*Programme of events: *

*Bookings: *

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, Stanza, Annie Abrahams, Camille
Baker,  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, 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, Exploring Senses CIC.
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