|Folly is delighted
to offer a unique opportunity for practicing performance/live
artists to enter into discussion with leading light of
the international performance art arena, Stelarc. Artists
will have the opportunity to meet the artist and debate
issues of interest relating to performance and the human-machine
interface. It is hoped that this forum will be participant
led to ensure performance artists take away as much out
of the meeting as possible. The forum will be chaired
by Hester Reeve - a Lancaster-based live artist and lecturer
in Art Theory (Cumbria College of Art & Design, Sheffield
Participants are encouraged to visit Stelarc's work
at: http://www.stelarc.va.com.au. The event is free
but booking is essential since numbers are restricted
to 35. You can book a space by contacting Hester Reeve
on: Hester Reeve
Possible subjects of discussion include:
- How can technologies encourage the poem of artistic
communication/how can performance art encourage the
poem of technological innovation?
- Do we need to make a distinction between 'meat'
and 'machine' - how does machine (seen here as body
extension rather than a discreet tool) perform and
is such a performance based in expression/communication?
- Stelarc's site announces "The body is obsolete"
but does performance art's distinctive communicative
strength (and often the urgency of its origination
as "body-art) lay in its location/emanation from
a physical body labouring itself/its consciousness
in real-time and real-space?
- What is a 'body' in 'post-human evolution' and "should"
contemporary performance artists know what such terminology
- And more practically how hard is it for artists
to get a working understanding of the types of technology
that Stelarc uses/what models of practice exist for
artists and computer scientists to collaborate and
how easily do these skill areas merge in practice?
FOLLY BACKGROUND: Folly is a new media arts organisation
based in Lancaster, UK. We host two gallery exhibition
spaces in our main site, and also exhibitions located
in public spaces. Folly uses the Internet to host projects
such as LDAF and Unencoded as well as working closely
with local artists, photographers, video makers and
digital artists to develop a range of projects and artist