Wednesday, 16 May 2012

Digital Textuality with/in Performance
Arnolfini Bristol
 2012 May 3-4, hosted by the University College Falmouth

There was a good DMU presence at this seminar programme under the HERA networks initiative:

Participants attending this ELMCIP  investigated the relationship between e-literature/digital text and performance. Members of the ELMCIP project, international speakers and practitioners  discussed the function and understanding of performativity and its relationship to digital literature through a series of papers, presentations and practical engagements.

"Although the field of e-literature is rife with references to performance, they have tended to remain relatively untheorised. In the main, analysis or investigation of performance is restricted to either the relationship between the textual output (on the interface or projected into a performance space) and the live body responding performatively to that text or else generating text through performance. There has been little attempt to fold digital text performance into the wider context of the 'turn to performance' among the humanities in recent decades. 

It is against this background -- of performance studies, ordinary language philosophy and speech act theory, the ethnography of ritual, performance of self and gender, performance writing, etc. -- that the conference will take place.While continuing the investigation of live performance, we will be seeking to broaden the scope to include: interactivity; the performative gesture of the hand and fingers (digital text) on the interface; the performativity of language itself on the screen; social performance, or how digital texts ‘perform’ us; the performance of codes and scripting; and the performance of the machine itself, i.e., what does an engineer mean when s/he talks about performance? In other words, we will be looking at the different modes of performance as they are manifest across the whole digital environment (dispositif) and, in order to give a fuller account of this complex of performative modes, we will also be investigating how they interact with each other."

  •  Conference proceedings, along with artist’s pages, will be published in a dedicated issue of the journal Performance Research (2013)

    UCF ELMCIP seminar - Arnolfini Bristol

    Machinic Performance and architecture

    Jerome Fletcher (UCF) Performance and the Digital Text.
    John Lumley (Univ. of Nottingham) Machinic performance.

    The place/role of the body in digital performance;Body and machine

    Alexandra Saemmer (Univ. of Paris 8): Reading (de)coherent
    hypertexts: a creative performance based on a close reading of the
    German hyperfiction Zeit für die Bombe

    Maria Engberg (BTH): Touch and Gesture as Aesthetic Experience:

    Clive Fencott: Performance as a Categoriser
    Joerg Piringer: Software - performance of code.

    Cristophe Collard (Free Univ. of Brussels): Jesurun’s digitalist Firefall:
    Staging the analogical relation as cognitive performance.

    Giovanna di Rosario (Univ. of Jyvaskyla): ‘Reading’ Performance:
    Eugenio Tisselli’s Wen

    David Prater: "Davey Dreamnation and the Performance of Self"
     How digital language performs. Reading digital performance. Presentation of work

    Christine Wilks: Out of Touch - a digital text performance

    Martin Rieser (Univ. of Kingston): Performed poetics in multi-linear narrative situations

    Paula Crutchlow: Make Shift

    Annie Abrahams
    cris cheek

    Joerg Piringer
    Donna Leishman
    J.R. Carpenter

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