[NetBehaviour] Performance talk at Brunel University London

Johannes Birringer Johannes.Birringer at brunel.ac.uk
Tue Oct 15 00:44:46 CEST 2019

dear all:
please join us for the first autumn 2019 event in our Performance Research Seminar series, featuring

Alan Sondheim (Providence, Rhode Island)

"Somatic Ghosting"

Wednesday October 23:  5:00 PM - 6:30 PM
Drama Studio, Gaskell Building 048 (Cleveland Rd)
Brunel University London

Alan Sondheim will explore the somatic - bodies in relation to music making (possibly demonstrating this live, also talking about the dutar and Uyghurs (and showing a video of his dutar playing, with Azure Carter singing 'Human Smoke'), and then open that up to the grit of the body in relation to altered mocap - show/talk about video - then into the material from virtual worlds, the ‘America piece’, as well as those pieces where the land changes "losing" the avatar. The talk may also veer into discussing refugees, genocides, a far cry from the safety of digital / virtual representation – and what to do with brutality, strongmen – when nothing makes sense in the political theatre and we are working w/in the senseless. Sondheim will also address the ideas of malleability input /transformation / output- in relation to 1. Constraints--what bodies do--reading the inputs and outputs - 2. Related to gamespace--edgespace—blankspace - 3. Related to real bodies, bodies under stress--the analogic, idiotic real.

A pioneer of the virtual, Alan Sondheim has worked for decades across music, sound and the visual. Drawing on a range of sources from his lexicon of digital objects and artefacts, this presentation will tour the territories and interzones of his practice, staking out ideas and sharing his unique perspective on our twenty-first-century conditions. Sondheim's books include the anthology Being on Line: Net Subjectivity (1997), Disorders of the Real (1988), .echo (2001), Vel (Blazevox, 2004-5), Sophia (Writers Forum, 2004), The Wayward (2004) and "Writing Under" (2012), as well as numerous other chapbooks, ebooks, and articles. His video and filmwork have been widely shown. Sondheim was an Eyebeam resident. He co-moderates several email lists, including Cybermind, Cyberculture and Wryting. In 2012 he was a presenter and active participant at the CyPosium, a one-day online symposium on cyberformance. He is the developer of the concept of codework wherein computer code itself becomes a medium for artistic expression. His poetico-philosophical writings deal with the notion of embodiment and presence in cyberspace,

Forthcoming talks:

Wed, Nov 13, 2019: 15:00 PM - 6:30 PM
Kareem Khubchandani (Theatre, Tufts University)
“B1nary C0des: Dancing Dichotomies in Bangalore's Gay Nightlife”

Wed  Nov. 27, 2019  5:00 PM - 6:30 PM
Anna Semenova-Ganz  (Universität Hamburg)
“Performativity of things and their material regimes”

Entry is free


Research Seminar Coordinator: Johannes Birringer
Contact: +44 (0)1895 267 343
Check our series at:  http://people.brunel.ac.uk/dap/ResearchSeminarSeries.html

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