[spectre] Intimate TV: Webcamming & Social Life-logging In the Surveillant-Sousveillant Space @ ISEA2011

paula roush/msdm paularoush at gmail.com
Sat Sep 17 13:40:21 CEST 2011

Dates: Sunday, 18 September, 2011 - 13:00 - 14:30
For this panel we propose to reflect upon the practice of digital
performance with the use of webcams, addressing issues of intimacy in the
network. Webcamming refers to the use of webcams to stream live from
personal environments to the internet, and develop life-logs that archive
such practices as online documentations of the everyday. Webcamming
practices have been theorised with different results from within the areas
of digital performance /cyberformance. On the one hand, an historical
account of digital performance equates the use of webcams in the hands of
artists with the ³subversion of surveillance,² and an ironic questioning of
webcam¹s myths of authenticity and immediacy. The field of cyberformance, on
the other hand, theorises webcamming in the context of increasing online
participation, and the types of collaborations it facilitates within web 2.0
environments. However, none of these analyses addresses the increasing
intimacy facilitated by the mainstream use of surveillance/communicational 
technologies for personal video streaming and archiving, or the particular
aesthetic  and subversive spectatorial  positions that inform such intimate
video practices.  Our proposal for this panel attempts to fill in such gap
by looking at the genealogy of personal video-streaming and its place within
art research on webcamming and the surveillant-sousveillant space.

1.What are the characteristics of cyberformance in the context of networks
of intimacy? What defines  its particular aesthetics and the spectatorial
positions that inform such intimate video practices?

2. Now that people¹s lives are performed for the Internet and distributed
across multiple social networks as chunks of self-authored content, is it
still possible to separate or distinguish performance art from the
performative stream of everyone else¹s lives?

3.How is online performance conceptualised from a contemporary art and media
surveillance-sousveillance perspective?

 More information:
 Annie  Abrahams http://isea2011.sabanciuniv.edu/.abrahams
 Margarida  Carvalho http://isea2011.sabanciuniv.edu/.carvalho
 Cinzia  Cremona http://isea2011.sabanciuniv.edu/ms.cremona
 Eunice  Gonçalves Duarte http://isea2011.sabanciuniv.edu/.goncalves-duarte
 Helen Varley  Jamieson http://isea2011.sabanciuniv.edu/.jamieson

Chaired by: 
Paula Roush   http://isea2011.sabanciuniv.edu/.roush
Maria Lusitano <http://isea2011.sabanciuniv.edu/visual-artist.lusitano
 Best regards,

Paula, Maria, Annie, Margarida, Helen, Cinzia & Eunice

 ISEA2011 ISTANBUL - The 17th International Symposium on Electronic Art

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