Chair Person: Janis Jefferies
Presenters: Ghislaine Boddington, Maria Chatzichristodoulou (aka Maria X) & Anna Dumitriu
For this panel we propose to discuss a range of interdisciplinary practices of embodiment and technology.
“Today [the body] and its visceral surroundings are studded with earphones, zooming in psychopharmaceuticals, extended with prostheses, dazzled by odorless tastes and tasteless odors, transported by new media, and buzzing with ideas”.
_C. A. Jones, ed., Sensorium: Embodied Experience, Technology, and Contemporary Art (Cambridge, MA: MIT Press, 2006).
Following Jones’s discussion we will explore the ways in which practitioners and writers address the physical and affective aspects of our increasing engagement with technology, whether through performance or through engagement with robots and avatars. What types of sensorial experiences and intimacies can be explored in which virtual and physical spaces are increasingly blurred? Can play, be a part in revitalizing our sensorial system? Can these practices offer a time and a space for reflection on embodied technological experiences? The panel aims to explore performance practices and contemporary cultural discourses that study intimate encounters, addressing issues around bodies of data and flesh, play in encounter with robots, avatars and physical/virtual presences- desire as embodied condition and disembodied fantasy, the human and posthuman self.
- Janis Jefferies is an artist, writer and curator, Professor of Visual Arts at the Department of Computing, Goldsmiths, University of London, UK, Director of the Constance Howard Resource and Research Centre in Textiles and Artistic Director of Goldsmiths Digital Studios. In the last five years she has been working on technologically based arts, including Woven Sound (with Dr. Tim Blackwell) and has been a principal investigator on projects involving new haptics technologies (with the goal of bringing the sense of touch to the interface between people and machines) and generative software systems for creating and interpreting cultural artefacts, museums and the external environment. She is an associate researcher with Hexagram (Institute of Media, Arts and Technologies, Montreal, Canada) on two projects, electronic textiles and new forms of media communication in cloth. She currently holds a Crafts Council Spark Plug curating award for a project that seeks to examine the creative and dynamic relationship between mathematics, mathematical forms and craft through an exploration of a particular maths and textile archive, called Common Threads. Key publications include, “Laboured Cloth: Translations of Hybridity in Contemporary Art”, in The Object of Labor: Art, Cloth, and Cultural Production, edited by Joan Livingston and John Ploof , and published by The Art School of the Art Institute of Chicago/MIT Press in 2007, and “Contemporary Textiles: the Art Fabric” in Contemporary Textiles: The Fabric of Fine Art, Black Dog publishing, 2008. Her essay, “Loving Attention: An outburst of Craft in Contemporary Art” will be part of the forthcoming anthology Extra/ordinary: Craft Culture and Contemporary Art (forthcoming, Duke University Press and edited by Dr. Maria Elena Buszek). Recent publications in 2010 include ‘The Artist as Researcher in a Computer Mediated Culture’, in Art Practices in a Digital Culture, eds. Gardiner and Gere, Ashsgate Publishing. She is co-editor of the volume Interfaces of Performance (Ashgate, 2009).