Friday, 3 November 2017

OPEN PLATFORM_8 - 08 November 2017 - Algomech Festival Opening Night

RAP(s) - Random Access Performances - OPEN PLATFORM_8
AlgoMech 2017, Access Space Labs, Sheffield, UK
Wednesday, 08 November 2017, 6-8pm

Free but booking essential.

OPEN PLATFORM/RAP(s) - TwT. returns as part of Algomech 2017 - Sheffield's Festival of Algorithmic and Mechanical Movement! Algomech Festival seeks to examine the complex relationship between technology, art and performance. The first edition in 2016 celebrated the resurgence of making in performance, this year we are contemplating an underlying theme of unmaking.

AlgoMech 2017 takes place in various locations around Sheffield, UK, from 08-12 November 2017. The festival features concerts, talks, workshops, installations and an algorithmic rave. Full programme here

OPEN PLATFORM/RAP(s) - TwT. is a micro event series that explores the digital with physical means by asking performers to present digital work without using anything digital. 

Five performers take up the challenge of re-thinking the digital with free interpretations that are 1 to 10 minutes in duration, about or related to digital technology and happening on some sort of platform.

'Technology without Technology' (TwT) performances are a creative, playfully serious strategy to negotiate the 'unknowable' of digital technology and the constant information overload in our contemporary world.

OPEN PLATFORM/RAP(s) - TwT. originated at Access space in 2012 and is curated by Susanne Palzer.

OPEN PLATFORM_8 presenters/performers:

Dreams of a sleeping apple by Eddy Dreadnought
An immersive dream micro-workshop. Eddy will provide conditions and questions to enable the participants to explore what their computers dream about when in sleep mode.

Pattern Recognition by Rachael Hand
A light-hearted parlour game, evoking a digital non-native's struggles with an increasingly digital world. Struggles to grasp meaning and then retain it in memory will be enacted by volunteers from the audience. The winner will be the person with the most cards when the time is up.

A Typewriter Piece by Ryoko Akama
"I perform with a typewriter who performs with me who will make a performance by the typewriter who will instruct us all.”

howToNotDie(wT) by Sean Cotterill
"howToNotDie(wT) is a performance reflecting upon fantasies of technological disconnection in the context of a body with a chronic health condition, physically reliant on proprietary digital technologies for basic survival. Through performance I will discuss the technologies of my body and my personal processes of making/unmaking for survival, my deeply uncomfortable relationships with digital capitalism, and the ableist nature of contemporary 'disconnection' narratives."

Self Inverter by xname
A painting composes itself live, while the platform becomes a paradigm of cyclic instructions, loops, electronic impulses and the arcane symbology of Inverters. A speculative work addressing formal qualities of logic symbolism and their potential in investigating and rediscovering behaviour and the everyday, confronting the meaning of life with the mechanics of electronics.
The self, liberated, is finally projected onto the realm of the fantastic.

More information about OPEN PLATFORM/RAP(s)-TwT. and previous events here.

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