Panel: Intimate TV: Webcamming & Social Life-logging In the Surveillant-Sousveillant Space
Throughout my life I have been radiographed, sonographed, scanned, and had my blood pressure, bone structure, muscular mass and heart beats measured… I keep myself safe. Any strange anomaly can be detected, photographed and analysed. Surveillance is needed. Technology is needed for surveillance to persist. In the name of health and well-being, one is advised to watch, to prevent and obey medical procedures. Continuously, I am presented with images mediated by technology, pertaining to a code I can not access for I lack the knowledge to interpret it, and yet they proliferate around me – private, intimate, images of lungs, of an ovary, of a defaulted organ, of an unborn baby… This is a paper-performance on the politics involved in the surveillance of the self, questioning technology as a “bio-tool” for communication of internal images that are engaged with the self. This is also a bio-paper-performance of the performer’s body, watching herself being watched by medical machinery, exposing a series of personal medical images. Continuing the work I have been developing concerning intimate technology and intimate stories, I intend to explore the aesthetic of technologies that surround our everyday life.
- Eunice Gonçalves Duarte is a portuguese performance artist and researcher on the uses of low tech in digital performance. She has a BA in Communication and Culture Sciences and in 2002 completed the MA in Contemporary Drama Studies in the University College Dublin (Dublin, Ireland).
She is currently a PhD student in Universidade de Coimbra, developing a thesis on the aesthetics of digital performance. Eunice has worked with theatre companies and theatre practitioners in Portugal and in Europe and since 2003, has researched digital media in theater and performance. Recently she directed the low tech digital performance “a história é clandestina” (‘stealth stories’). In addition to her artistic practice, Eunice Gonçalves Duarte lectures theatre and performance at the Instituto Superior de Ciências Educativas (Lisbon, Portugal). semaforo.cc