Curated by Zander Porter of XenoEntities Network
Juan Pablo Cámara
Maciej Sa Do
Natalie Abbott & Zander Porter
Zac Murphy/Sylv Myst
Within the framework of Vorspiel 2019, the official preliminary program leading up to Transmediale, SomoS Art House presents a day of performance art reflecting on the theme of technological tools as prosthetics; viewing them as enabling-devices for performance and for identity construction within the performative space.
Performance itself, a crucial part of creating and displaying identities, functions as an apparatus through which the dynamics of effect and affect become more than just forms of artistic expression: they surface as abstracted extensions, artificially connected body parts. The presented multi and interdisciplinary performances go beyond the physical, mobilizing both the invisible and the inanimate through their use of techniques and practices ranging from sound and sculpture to embodied irony and the digital space.
Affect/Effect: Prosthesis is an event invested in the de-and-re-construction of identities through the close investigation of performance and technology.
Performance Titles & Descriptions:
Djibril Sall - at our funerals, we wear white
The blues and West African rituals converge for Djibril Sal’s performance of personal and literal cleansing.
Juan Pablo Cámara - ?latin0
Embodying a roving real-life avatar, ?latin0 crosses the boundaries of digital and physical. Combining the dance influence of techno with the Columbian style of Cumbia, ?latin0 is a hyper-mediated identity for the curious spectator/voyeur.
Music by Moro, costume design by AvoidStreet.
Maciej Sado - Anydog cont.
Challenging the contract of ‘viewer’ and ‘performer’, the virtual and the real, artist Maciej Sado will utilize the social media platform Whatsapp as an audience-participatory medium for this installation and performance piece.
Monilola Ilupeju - Eat Your Calf
Through an improvisational and expressive performance, Monilola Ilupeju will explore the personal and the intimate. Incorporating narratives of sexuality and race, identity and vulnerability, ‘Eat Your Calf’ will bond artist and audience in a release of private thoughts and shared space.
Natalie Abbott & Zander Porter - untitled
Natalie and Zander present an ‘untitled’ performance of “un”-related feelings: unfinished, undeveloped, uninvolved. The two employ tech-objects and effects of the computer-device/voice to engage with feelings of distance and detachment, sharing intimate details in a performative environment.
Sylv Myst (Zac Murphy) - WATERWITCH - deathsnakegoddess
Where does the performance begin and the artist end? Has it already begun, or was it missed? WATERWITCH is an embodiment of love, death, rebirth, and violence, through religious symbolism and the swamp-waters of physical expression. WATERWITCH is a thinking dance “from the places we don’t like to swim around in, in our minds.”