BODY (UN)MUTE


presented by ICK Dans Amsterdam

Thu 28 & Fri 29 MAY, 2020



Bogomir Doringer, Artist Associate of ICK Artist Space, curated a two-day online festival that looked into the rituals of dancing and masking in times of social distancing.Two days of online performances, talks, a workshop and a DJ set. Thanks to all of you who joined us and created this shared experience.  If you missed it, or you just can’t get enough, on this website you can re-visit the experience and learn more about the artists.
more about the festival

Last few months, our movements and ways of communicating have been impacted by a global crisis. Distances between our bodies in public and private spaces have been regulated by new measurements. Our freedom of movement is on hold. Dancing became possible only in private, and suddenly it has a different meaning and context. It introduced another form of visibility, “performing” for the web camera on our online meetings, dates, events. In the beginning, it felt weird and awkward, but we are adjusting to it. Now it is time to emancipate the online body and get a deeper understanding of the new realness. It is time to unmute the body.

 


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JEREMY BAILEY

► TALK & WORKSHOP

Augmented Reality Makeover Party

Simple, easy, and stunning, this workshop will have you letting loose and catching fabulous looks using the latest tools tips and tricks to augment, transgress and queer your identity using Augmented Reality(AR). Become a drag unicorn or whatever else you can imagine. Famous New Media Artist Jeremy Bailey will walk you through step by step to create and perfect your own AR look, so you can stand out from the crowd at your next zoom party or corporate webinar.


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Jeremy Bailey is a Toronto-based self-proclaimed Famous New Media Artist. "Since the early noughties, Bailey has ploughed a compelling, and often hilarious, a road through the various developments of digital communications technologies."(Morgan Quaintance, Rhizome) Bailey has performed and exhibited all over the world, from bathrooms in Buffalo to museums in Moscow.

KEREN ROSENBERG

► LIVE PERFORMANCE

Emotional Porn
– Exhibition of the Self. 


The recent digital revolution has brought us to constantly produce visuals of ourselves which are strongly influenced by conventions of age, gender, sexuality, nationality, and social positioning. For Body (UN)mute Keren Rosenberg will create a live performative act questioning what it means to perform for a camera. Where does the body finish and the screen starts? An audiovisual art installation which explores our social obsession in self-exposure through the use of modern technology.

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Keren Rosenberg (IL) is an Amsterdam based performer, choreographer and movement researcher. With her artistic voice, she articulates a physical and sociopolitical gaze over the body and the environment it functions in. She creates experiences between night-club and stage, between rock concert and exhibition hall. Keren has been performing her work in the Netherlands as well as internationally, she is an artist in residence at Dansmakers Amsterdam, supported by the Nieuwe Makersregeling, Performing Arts Fund.


ANIA NOWAK

► PERFORMANCE

To the Aching Parts! (Manifesto) 

Dreams about a cure for the ill systems of body politics. It wants to soothe your chronic pain, chemical imbalance, queer resentment, and fear of abandonment. In sickness and in health.

Commissioned by HAU Hebbel am Ufer for ”Manifestos for queer futures”. 

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Ania Nowak’s expanded choreographic practice approaches vulnerability and desire as ways towards reimagining what bodies and language can do. Her overall inquiry is into the political dimension of the body material and its immaterial aspects —affects, feelings and intuition— to think of new, embodied practices of care, and companionship. She is especially interested in the latter when taking into account the experience of aging, sickness, and grief, as well as, the ethics of pleasure in times of climate and political urgency.


ROSA MENKMAN

► SCREENING

Pique Nique pour les Inconnues :: The CHORUS VERSION (2019-2020)

Menkman considers the ways in which the history of technology has been defined by standardization, in particular through the use of color test cards. The work presents les Inconnues - unknown women whose images are linked to the history of image processing. In this work, test cards, bots, virtual assistants, stock photos, and others find a voice but fail to recover their personhood. As Menkman states, “Engineers used these female objects to evaluate the quality of image processing, rendering and composition of architecture and to make these latent spaces more amicable. While these women seem to be able to prolong their existence for as long as the (digital) realms will copy and reuse them, most of them have lost their name and identity.” In this work, the viewer is haunted by the familiarity of these digital ghosts.


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Menkman's work focuses on noise artifacts that result from accidents in both analogue and digital media (such as glitch and encoding and feedback artifacts). The resulting artifacts of these accidents can facilitate an important insight into the otherwise obscure alchemy of standardization via resolutions. The standardization of resolutions is a process that generally imposes efficiency, order, and functionality on our technologies. It does not just involve the creation of protocols and solutions, but also entails the obfuscation of compromises and the black-boxing of alternative possibilities, which are as a result in the danger of staying forever unseen or even forgotten. Through her research, which is both practice-based and theoretical, she uncovers these anti-utopic, lost and unseen or simply "too good to be implemented" resolutions -- to produce new ways to use and perceive through, and with our technologies.