[ISEA2011] Panel: Cinzia Cre­mona – Skype and videop­er­for­mance: How good to see you!

Panel Statement

Panel:  Intimate TV: Webcamming & Social Life-logging In the Surveillant-Sousveillant Space

This paper ex­plores some po­ten­tial uses of Skype in videop­er­for­mance prac­tices. Skype em­bod­ies the para­doxes of screen-me­di­ated videop­er­for­mance and screen-me­di­ated com­mu­ni­ca­tion with its il­lu­sion of trans­parency and im­me­di­acy, its dis­tance be­tween cam­era and image on screen, per­formed eye con­tact, and ef­fec­tive re­la­tional per­for­ma­tiv­ity. Start­ing from the doc­u­men­ta­tion of an ex­per­i­ment con­ducted dur­ing a week­long res­i­dency in Colch­ester, UK, I will ex­am­ine some re­la­tional as­pects of Skype, mov­ing be­tween straight­for­ward one-to-one com­mu­ni­ca­tion, and live and recorded per­for­mances.

  • Cinzia Cre­mona is an artist and re­searcher work­ing with video, per­for­mance, pho­tog­ra­phy and dig­i­tal media in re­la­tional, col­lab­o­ra­tive and par­tic­i­pa­tory ways. Her in­ti­mate video per­for­mances focus on per­sonal re­la­tion­ships and so­cial in­ter­ac­tions, and form the core of a prac­tice-based PhD at the Uni­ver­sity of West­min­ster, Lon­don, UK. Her pho­to­graphic and mov­ing image work has been ex­hib­ited in­ter­na­tion­ally.  Cinzia has been co-cu­rat­ing the an­nual mov­ing image ex­hi­bi­tion Vi­sions in the Nun­nery at the Nun­nery Gallery, Lon­don. Based on an in­ter­na­tional open sub­mis­sion, this pro­ject has in­cluded per­for­mance events and con­fer­ences, and has shown well-works by known artists like Michael Nyman, Franko B, Karen Knorr and Alan Smith along side those of emerg­ing artists and stu­dents. Since 2007 she has been an ac­tive mem­ber of Crit­i­cal Prac­tice, a re­search clus­ter hosted by Chelsea Col­lege of Art and De­sign, Lon­don, www.?criticalpracticechelsea.?org. Be­tween 2010 and 2011 she worked as an As­so­ci­ate Artist with first­site, Colch­ester, UK. She cur­rently is MA vis­it­ing lec­turer at The Colch­ester In­sti­tute, Colch­ester, UK.

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