Symposium: Performance of the self in digital space
— Block Universe X Goldsmiths, University of London

Thursday, 23 May 2019, 7-9pm
PSH LG01 (Professor Stuart Hall Building Lower Ground, Lecture Theatre 01), Goldsmiths University, 8 Lewisham Way, New Cross, London SE14 6NW

* Supported by Arts Council England

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This symposium, created in partnership with Goldsmiths Visual Cultures Student Society, will reflect upon contemporary performance practices, looking at the relation of self, identity politics and digital space in the realisation of live work in the UK.

With speakers Isobel Harbison, Hannah Perry, Emily Rosamond, Erica Scourti and Chooc Ly Tan.

Chooc Ly Tan

French-born Afro/Vietnamese/Cambodian artist, DJ, producer, lecturer (RCA) and Goldsmiths Alumna living in London. Her practice sets out to use systems or tools that are used to understand the world such as logic and physics but subvert them to suggest new visions of reality. As a DJ, she is not limited by a specific genre. Her DJ sets present a varied selection forging astral connections through spectrums of Techno, Afrotrap, Gqom, Acid to futuristic Chaabi الشعبي and high-voltage Electro. Find out more about the artist’s practice here http://chooclytan.com/about.html

Emily Rosamond

Canadian artist, writer and Lecturer in Visual Cultures at Goldsmiths, University of London. Her research stems from an interest in how historically situated performances of self are intertwined with developments in financial and informatic infrastructures. Her current work examines how the identification of users’ behaviours, habits, and tendencies in the age of big data – by audience measurement companies, fintech startups, credit scoring corporations, online reviewers, and investors – newly foregrounds character and reputation as speculative logics of networked personhood. Find out more about the artist’s practice here http://www.emilyrosamond.com/

Erica Scourti

An artist and writer, born in Athens and now based mostly in London. Her work explores biographical writing and bodily inscription in the performance and representation of subjectivity. Embracing contingency and lo-fi media, her work explores biographical writing and bodily inscription in the performance and representation of subjectivity, often reprocessing accidental affective archives of everyday life- from Whatsapp messages to paper records- in an open-ended project of self-narration and consumption. She is currently undertaking a practice-based AHRC-funded PhD in Goldsmiths’ Art Department. Find out more about the artist’s practice here http://www.ericascourti.com/

Hannah Perry

British artist working in installation, print and video. She graduated from Goldsmiths College in 2009 and then Royal Academy of Arts 2014. Continuously generating and manipulating materials (footage, sound clips, images and objects) Perry develops a sprawling network of references, carefully exploring personal memory in today’s hyper- technological society whilst bending back the systems of representation via hyperactive distribution. Perry is guided by music or speech, repetition, focalisation and deceleration, revealing the strength of our personal investment in images of the illusory (youth, power, sex, taste, lifestyle) as well as the prescriptive nature of these desires. Find out more about the artist’s practice here http://www.hannahperry.com/

Isobel Harbison

An art critic, an art historian and Lecturer (Critical Studies) in Art, in the Art Department at Goldsmiths. She completed her PhD in 2015 in Goldsmiths where she was an AHRC doctoral scholar. She regularly writes for magazines, journals and exhibition catalogues about contemporary artists working across disciplines but most often in performance and moving image, and in response to rapidly changing global economies of attention. Her most recent book Performing Image examines how artists have combined performance and moving image in their work since the 1960s, and how this work anticipates our changing relations to images since the advent of smart phones and the spread of online prosumerism. Find out more about Performing Image here https://mitpress.mit.edu/books/performing-image