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June 27, 2007

INTIMACY Across Visceral and Digital Performance



How are bodies represented through technology? How is desire constructed through representation? What is the relationship of the body to self-awareness?” [Stone, Allucquère Rosanne The War of Desire and Technology at the Close of the Mechanical Age Cambridge, Mass. & London: MIT Press, 1995, p. 17]

[Image from Paul Sermon's "Telematic Dreaming"] INTIMACY Across Visceral and Digital Performance is a three-day (December 7-9) interdisciplinary programme of events made to illicit connectivity, induce interaction and provoke debate between makers, participants and witnesses of works that explicitly address proximity and hybridity in performance. It will feature workshops, seminars, performances, posters, and a 1-day symposium. INTIMACY will employ digital and live art practices as agents, aiming to further practical exploration of and vibrant discourse into notions of intimacy in contemporary performance. It is framed as a forum for artists, scholars, community workers, performers, cultural practitioners, researchers and creative thinkers.

INTIMACY will provide a platform for the discussion of live art/performance practices concerned with displaying intuitive, intimate and visceral relationships between artist and other. It will explore performance practices that engage in intimate encounters, raising issues around bodies of data and flesh; presence as aura and representation; desire as embodied condition and disembodied fantasy; the human and posthuman self. Confirmed contributors include: Johannes Birringer, Kira O'Reilly, Tracey Warr, Janis Jefferies, Amelia Jones, Dominic Johnson, Kelli Dipple, Paul Sermon.


INTIMACY will take place on the 7th, 8th and 9th December in and around Goldsmiths University of London, LABAN and The Albany (South London).

CO-DIRECTORS: Rachel Zerihan and Maria Chatzichristodoulou [aka maria x]


Prof. Johannes Birringer, Chair in Drama and Performance Technologies, School of Arts,Brunel University of West London; Artistic Director of AlienNation Co.
Hazel Gardiner, Senior Projects Officer, AHRC ICT Methods Network; Researcher.
Dr. Adrian Heathfield, Principal Research Fellow (Performance and Live Arts), School of Art and Design, Nottingham Trent University; Writer; Curator.
Prof. Janis Jefferies, Artistic Director, Goldsmiths Digital Studios; Director Constance Howard Resource and Research Centre in Textiles; Artist; Writer; Curator.
Gerald Lidstone, Head of Drama Department, Goldsmiths University of London.


All participants will be selected on an open submissions basis.
Proposals will be peer reviewed by the INTIMACY Board and Advisory Panel. Proposals must not exceed the word limit specified. You may provide additional info such as links to digital material including online video, photos and websites. Further supporting documentation such as hard copies and discs are welcome; if you want these returned please enclose a SAE. We are accepting proposals for:

Paper presentations or Performance Lectures
Poster presentations
Live performances -physical and/or digital

Proposals should be concerned with the relationship between visceral and digital environments/methodologies being explored in contemporary performance practice. Specifically, topics of interest include but are not limited to:

The politics of intimacy in contemporary performance
Risk in relation to intimacy in contemporary performance
Pornography/erotics and performed intimacy
(Dis)embodiment, (tele)presence and intimate performance encounters
Technologies as affective instigators of intimacy
Intimate aesthetics in contemporary performance
Interfaces of performed desire

Accepted proposals will be published on our website. Further publishing possibilities are being explored.


Submit by email to Maria X at and Rachel Zerihan intimacyrachelz[at]yahoo.co.uk writing INTIMACY SUBMISSION in the subject line. Send hard copies to INTIMACY c/o 22 Dutton Street, London, SE10 8TB.

Performances: Submit 1) 500-word statement detailing your project; 2) 200-word CV; 3) Tech Drive; 4) Any other supporting material as described above. Please note that only limited technical support can be provided.

Papers/ Performance Lectures: Submit 1) 500-word abstract. This contribution would form a 15 minute paper to be presented at the Symposium on Sunday 9th December; 2) 200-word CV; 3) Any other supporting material as described above.

Posters: Submit 1) 300-word abstract /summary; 2) 200-word CV; 3) Any other supporting material as described above.


Deadline for submissions: 19 August 2007
Notification of acceptance: early October 2007

ADVISORY PANEL (confirmed to date)

Daisy Abbot, AHDS Performing Arts Glasgow
Gavin Barlow, CEO The Albany
Alice Bayliss, School of Performance and Cultural Industries, University of Leeds
Brian Brady, Head of Programming, LABAN
Anna Furse, Drama Department, Goldsmiths University of London; Director
Marc Garrett, Artist, Co-director Furtherfield
Gabriella Giannachi, Co-director Centre for Intermedia, University of Exeter
Joe Kelleher, School of Arts, Roehampton University
Roberta Mock, Faculty of Arts, University of Plymouth
Molly Mullen, Re-Write Co-ordinator
Chris Salter, Artist; Researcher Hexagram; Department of Design and Computational Arts, Concordia University (Canada)
Jennifer Sheridan, Director BigDog Interactive
Igor Stromajer, Artist (Slovenia)
Bojana Kunst, University of Ljubljana (Slovenia)
Tony Thatcher, Choreographer; Programme Leader LABAN
Helen Varley-Jamieson, Performer (New Zealand)

INTIMACY Across Visceral and Digital Performance is supported by the AHRC ICT Methods Network, Goldsmiths Graduate School, Goldsmiths Digital Studios, Goldsmiths Drama Department and LABAN.

For more information on INTIMACY please visit http://www.cybertheater.org
If you have further queries, please contact intimacyrachelz[at]yahoo.co.uk or drp01mc[at]gold.ac.uk

Posted by jo at June 27, 2007 12:06 PM