Project Lead: Dario Srbic, Julia Wolf and Anni Katrin Elmer

Number of participants: 15

Duration: 4 days

Project Outline:
How does human desire operate in a world where notions of the carnal and synthetic have become enmeshed and entangled?

This workshop explores contemporary bodily relations in our networked society. It works with discourses of desire, machine intelligence, performativity, and affect. Participants will explore their biometrical data, such as heartbeat rate and skin moisture to create sound sculptures.

Readings of contemporary philosophy will help us investigate new modes of sensing and how these relate to artistic practice. The workshop will result in a collaborative performance which will seek to explore a complex state of bodily engagement with technology and sound.

Please be prepared to engage in the reflection of your own work in relation to the workshop.


Day 1: Monday 4th November:
Introduction with each participant’s work (Pecha-Kucha) related to the topic of performativity, affect, and machines. Where do you position your current practice or research concerning performativity and new forms of intelligence?

Please bring a sample of work or reference to the discussion.

Day 2: Tuesday 5th November:
Day two will see us experimenting with ‘Bitalino’ (data capturing device), movement exercises and basic choreographies. It will develop a hybrid sensuous language between body, movement and sound.

Day 3: Wednesday 6th November:
Introducing the theory of Simondon, Deleuze, and Sauvagnargues and referencing the work of artists like Anne Imhof, Rebecca Horn and Lawrence Abu Hamdan. How will these references help us to develop bodily movements, re-actions or series of elements for the final collaborative choreography?

Day 4: Thursday 7th November:
We will develop a choreography as a hybrid of feedback loops, biometrical data, sound, participants ‘knowledge’ and theoretical framework that has evolved during the duration of the workshop. We will work to create a distributed environment in which long-established binaries might be challenged and transformed.