Workspace open for participants:
9- 23 December 2020
GHOST IN THE MACHINE
In this virtual workspace we will explore the blurry territory between us humans and the machines we are so closely entwined with in our daily lives. We will delve into, mess around with and bend the intimate relationship we have with our mobile devices. We'll work practically, experimenting with the performative potential in engaging with these machines, and through them with ourselves. In playful and serious ways we'll warp their existing features and use basic schemes to elicit new ones. We'll try to develop artificial dialogues together using a toolkit and unearth internal thought processes. During the workshop participants will develop small, spontaneous performative responses based on shared procedures, but rooted in their own urges, desires and fears towards the encounter with their mobile device. It is a laboratory mode of working where also the seemingly vague, far-out or 'stupid' ideas can be tried out, where inexplicable impulses and obsessions can be pursued, materials swapped or combined, and various forms of collaborations tried out. During the work a playful and shameless approach is encouraged, which allows for welcoming risk and pushing materials through failure into unexpected territories.
"In the history of human culture there is no example of a conscious adjustment of the various factors of personal and social life to new extensions except in the puny and peripheral efforts of artists."
The Medium is the Message
EDIT KALDOR BIO
Edit Kaldor was born in Budapest, and immigrated as a child to the United States, where she lived for ten years before moving back to Europe. She studied English Literature and Drama at Columbia University in New York and University College London, and performance practice at DasArts in Amsterdam. In the past years she has taught and lectured at performing art academies and universities across Europe and has led workshops in contexts like the International Forum at the Berliner Festspiele and the Shanghai Biennale. Since 2017 she is artistic research fellow at the Norwegian Theatre Academy where she has been developing the long-term artistic research project The Many and the Form on new aesthetic and social practices for contemporary performance. She is currently also co-editing the book Theatres of Powerlessness together with Joe Kelleher from Roehampton University, which will be published by Bloomsbury / Methuen in 2022.