For theDark Archives project, I uploaded my full digital media archive to Google photos and then commissioned five writers – Jess Bunch, Christina Chalmers, Sandra Huber, Linette Voller and Joanna Walsh – to search it with keywords of their choice. They were then asked to caption the 'missing media' for that search term: the photos and videos that somehow evaded classification.
These captions were then matched with existing media from my archive, creating a new series of videos optimised for mobile viewing along with a slideshow of all the speculative archive images, screened continuously at Het Nieuwe Instituut.
Archiving our (Dark) Lives: Interview with Erica Scourti and Annet Dekker
Critical Digital- Artist Talk at London College of Communication 16 February 2016, 5pm
>> Wysing Reading and Performance Event Andy Holden, Heather Phillipson, Steve Roggenbuck and Erica Scourti
20 February 2016, 4-8 pm
>> Royal College of Art, Symposium Biography and Fiction 19 February 2016, 10 – 5pm
>> Performance at TRACE PROGRAM, Nottingham, curated by Ruth Angel Edwards
18 February 2016, 6pm - 7.30pm
Grounded in her ongoing research into the notion of a subject entangled within technosocial systems, Erica Scourti will draw on unintelligible gestures, encryption and feminist strategies of refusal to present recent projects exploring automatic archives, the maintenance of digital infrastructures and the limitations of rhetorics of exposure and visibility.
Gino Attwood, Joseph Buckley, Kerry Campbell, Nico Colon, Kate Cooper, Comunitas, Hayden Dunham, Ruth Angel Edwards, Adam Gallager, Bunny Gamer, Sam Hewland, Ashley Holmes, Stewart Home, Richard John Jones, Jake Kent, Beth Kettel, Frank J. Miles, Emily Pope, Stefan Sadler Erica Scourti, Benjamin Edwin Slinger, School of the Damned & Dan Szor.
Accompanying publication, featuring:
DeForrest Brown Jr, Harry Burke, Micheal Crowe, Jon Davies, Ruth Angel Edwards, Rozsa Zita Farkas, Lynn Hanna, Emily Pope, Erica Scourti & Jamie Sterns
*I'll be performing on the opening night**
The Practice of Theories is a group exhibition of work by artists with a connection to Wysing who seek to make visible the intangible, or share knowledge or complex theories through their work and working methods. With Andrea Büttner, Ami Clarke, Andy Holden, David Osbaldeston, Yuri Pattison, Heather Phillipson, Takeshi Shiomitsu, Erica Scourti, Cally Spooner and David Toop.
As part of The Practice of Theories, artist Andy Holden will host an evening event located within his sculptural installation The Dan Cox Library for the Unfinished Concept of Thingly Time.
For this event, Holden has invited fellow artists, both of whom are also included within The Practice of Theoriesexhibition, Heather Phillipson and Erica Scourti, to read from their texts within the library, alongside Holden himself with invited guests, and poet and blogger Steve Roggenbuck.
#BigBangData at Somerset House
03 Dec 2015 — 20 Mar 2016
Artists and designers help us understand our brave new world.
Big Bang Data, a major new exhibition at Somerset House.
Artists include: Brendan Dawes, Ellie Harrison, Eric Fischer, Erica Scourti, Eva and Franco Mattes, Ingo Günther, Jaime Serra, James Bridle, Jonathan Harris, Julian Oliver, Julie Freeman, Laura Poitras, Lisa Jevbratt, Ryoji Ikeda, The Long Now Foundation, Timo Arnall, Thomson & Craighead and more...
I'm off to Wysing today (9 Nov) for a 6-week residency, along with Essi Kausalainen and Paul Purgas, taking the year-long there of The Multiverse as a starting point from which to make new work; the artists who've already been in residence during 2015 are Kit Craig, Electra (Irene Revell), Joey Holder, and Takeshi Shiomitsu.
This event is the first in Wysing's autumn residency programme that takes The Multiverse as a starting point for research and discussion. With artists-in-residence Essi Kausalainen, Paul Purgas and Erica Scourti and invited speakers, writer and curator Paul Clinton; Irene Revell, curator and Director of Electra; and Dr James Riley, lecturer in English Literature at the University of Cambridge.
Emma Bee Bernstein, Alex McQuilkin, Erica Scourti, Jessie Stead, Mickalene Thomas, Martha Wilson
September 18 – October 19, 2015 Opening Reception, Friday September 18, 6-9pm
Microscope Gallery returns for the 2015-16 season with the exhibition PLAY, featuring recent, historical, previously unseen and newly discovered video-based works by Emma Bee Bernstein, Alex McQuilkin, Erica Scourti, Jessie Stead, Mickalene Thomas, and Martha Wilson, most on view for the first time in New York.
Definitions of play – as in the record button, in the interaction with the technology, in the performance, in the approach, or in the game – connect the videos, video installations, mixed-media and sculptural works addressing the subjects of mass media, identity, and stereotypes, among others, with humor and deceptive simplicity.
Body Scan, The Outage, Life in AdWords, in SLEEK magazine, Autumn 2015, Publish and Be Damned by Huw Nesbitt, on artists’ publishing
Life in AdWords in Metropolis M, Disruptive Innovation by Melissa Gronlund, AUG/ SEPT 2015
Screen Tears (2008) in Juliet Jacques' Frieze playlist
JUNE 2015- current & forthcoming:
Body Scan does
>> 28th May:Poetics & Politics of Data opened at HeK Basel, I did a performance, Body Scan is in the show (see pic <<)
>> May- June:Body Scan is at Black Box Seattle; artists include Ed Atkins, Dara Birnbaum, Zach Blas, Petra Cortright, Pierre Huyghe, Josh Kline, Kalup Linzy, Sara Ludy, Heather Phillipson, Laure Prouvost, Ben Rivers, Lisa Tan, Jessica Warboys, Gillian Wearing, Saskia Wolde Olbers
>> June 10: Life in AdWords is being shown as part of The Best Scene is Off-Screen: Flat Time House at Peckham Plex,curated by John Bloomfield
>> June 17: performing Think You Know Me at the opening of HIS MASTER’S VOICE at La Panacee, Montepelier, France
artists include: Richard Grayson, Laure Prouvost, Manuel Saiz, Anri Sala, Richard Serra & Nancy Holt, Artur Zmijewski.
>> 26th- 28th June- we're doing a weekend event to mark the end of our residency at the White Building- I'll be giving away freebies
>> new commission, Mal Patches, for Open Source Festival, London May 2015 >>Some Place of Avoiding An Animal (launching 27 May 2015) collaboratively authored publication initiated by Dorine Van Meel on the occassion of her South London Gallery residency;
with John Archibald Harrington, Emma Bennett, Jesse Darling, Susanna Davies-Crook, Kati Kärki
OPEN SOURCE 2 and 3 May 2015, Dalston
OPEN SOURCE is a contemporary arts festival taking place in Dalston, London, on Saturday 2 and Sunday 3 May 2015.
OPEN SOURCE will showcase time-based media and live events that engage with mainstream and online cultures, highlighting art as a collaborative process.
OPEN SOURCE presents works by Larry Achiampong, Majed Aslam, Anna Barham, Behind the X, David Blandy, Eloise Bonneviot, Tereza Buskova, Ben Cain, Lucy Clout, Simon Davenport, Marie d’Elbée, Gery Georgieva, Emilie Gervais, Patrick Goddard, Mary Hurrell, Alice Khalilova, Leslie Kulesh, Hannah Lees, Lawrence Lek, Louisa Martin, Jimmy Merris, Shana Moulton, Berry Patten, Pallavi Paul, Heather Phillipson, Pro Numb, Morgan Quaintance, Shirin Sabahi, Erica Scourti, Alice Theobald, Alden Volney and Lucy Woodhouse.
Hamster Hipster Handy at Museum Angewandte Kunst, Frankfurt
Hamster Hipster Handy: Under the Spellbound of the Mobile Phone
April 25th, - July 05th, 2015
Aram Bartholl, Lynn Hershman Leeson, IOCOSE, David LaChapelle, Lev Manovich, Laurel Nakadate, Thomas Struth, Anne de Vries, Ai Weiwei,
and in the section curated by Aram Bartholl: Morehshin Allahyari, Alma Alloro, Anthony Antonellis, LaTurbo Avedon, Hans Bernhard, James Bridle, Constant Dullaart, Claudia Mate, Eva & Franco Mattes, Nico Princen, Sebastian Schmieg, Addie Wagenknecht
Prof. Dr. Birgit Richard, Eleni Blechinger, Katja Gunkel und Harry Wolff
So Like You- blog posts for The Photographers' Gallery blog
I wrote a reeediculously long post that has been turned ino 3 shorter ones- here's the first 2, part 3 to follow:
"In So Like You, however, the respondents are not chosen for any particular affiliation beyond being visible and reachable online and many are themselves photographers, artists, designers, writers and bloggers. That is, people with a creative profession or practice of their own. Overall they perhaps provide an authentic commitment to creating content that contrasts my own role as organizer of the content and formulator of the viewing framework. This reflects a shift in discourse towards investigating infrastructure rather than the content within it."
"A piece like Body Scan is about visual search and female bodies but it’s also a declaration of love, which means it carries a “real” risk for me — of rejection, misunderstanding, looking a bit desperate etc. — and also for him too, as whatever happens he’s kind of stuck with this video, just like I am."
"Body Scan seems in dialogue with artist Hito Steyerl’s text on porn detection software and relational photography ‘Proxy Politics’. Steyerl writes: “As humans feed affect, thought, and sociality into algorithms, algorithms feed back into what used to be called subjectivity.” - Hannah Gregory
Group Therapy: Mental Distress in a Digital Age FACT Liverpool 5 March 2015 - 17 May 2015
Originating from FACT’s extensive work within mental health and wellbeing, the exhibition explores the complex relationship between technology, society, and mental health.
Participating artists: Katriona Beales (UK), Dora García (Spain), George Khut (Australia), Melanie Manchot (UK), Lauren Moffatt (Australia / Germany), Jennifer Kanary Nikolov(a) (Netherlands), Kate Owens and Neeta Madahar (UK), Members of Freehand (FACT’s young people’s programme) and Erica Scourti (UK / Greece), Superflex (Denmark), UBERMORGEN (Austria) the vacuum cleaner (UK) and Quintan Ana Wikswo (US)
Just got back from a fantastic week in Berlin for Transmediale- took part in some great events, including the opening ceremony, a panel discussion and workshop hosted by unMonastery with Jay Springett and Tobias Revell on #stacktivism.
some pics from the performance of Another Oral Backstory at Southbank Centre, part of the Web We Want festival
more on my tumblr...
"So he had to delete your under tweetable secret
While watching the secret online
It says what you see is what you get
Is wearing in my twitter"
Art Monthly profile by George Vasey
'Ultimately, all of Scourti’s work asks a series of fundamental questions. How do institutions seek to define forms of representation? How has technology, and specifically social media, affected our understanding of identity and subjectivity? Where does our agency reside in an online environment where our data is tracked and our behaviour is persistently manipulated?'
SO LIKE YOU interview for The Photographers' Gallery
Life in AdWords (2012-2013) is discussed by Melissa Gronlund in the latest issue of Afterall magazine.
"Scourti’s Life in AdWordsproject lampoons this feedback loop between online presence and private identity: for nearly a year, Scourti emailed her diary to herself on Gmail, and then read out the Google advertisements that Gmail suggested for her on a daily video capture, which she then edited into a video that is shown both in exhibitions and online. Scourti’s self-portrait is thus created entirely from the feedback of others — and not even others, but a for-profit computer program: she is only how the algorithm sees her. "
Main Gallery: Victor Alimpiev, Amalia Ulman, Johann Arens, Renate Bertlmann, Ian Breakwell, Harry Burke, Moyra Davey, Július Koller, Daniel Lichtman, Harry Meadley, Erica Scourti, Matthew Smith, Pilvi Takala, Marie Toseland, Phoebe Unwin, Donald Urquhart Project Space: Joanna Piotrowska
"To intimate is to communicate with the sparest of signs and gestures, and at its root intimacy has the quality of eloquence and brevity" - Lauren Berlant
What does it mean to convert private experience into public speech? Emotional Resources is a group exhibition that brings together art works from an international group of artists from the Seventies to the present day, exploring forms of intimacy and the everyday.
Exhibition dates: 19 September 2014 - 10 January 2015.
For this project, which exists online at similarselves- I put my old photo archive through Google's similar image search and then contacted users who had posted the images, asking them to send me a photo from their archives that was somehow similar to mine.
The images they sent, plus tags they and friends who appeared in the original photos, and metadata (like location, date etc) generated by their cameras all feature in the final piece, across the blog and the video versions.
Brighton Photo Biennial and The Photographer's Gallery Wall commission [I'm in Manchester at the moment, at Islington Mill, working on this commission...]
The Outage is here!
My ghostwritten memoir, drawn entirely from my digital footprint and online presence by writer J. A. Harrington, has now been published by Banner Repeater and is for sale at the ICA Bookshop, Tenderbooks and Banner Repeater.
It's been an incredibly challenging and rewarding project to work on (think collapse of work-life boundary to the point of pretty much losing the plot...), which I touched on a bit at the launch event at Banner Repeater, where myself and the ghostwriter read from the text and answered audience questions.
Here's a blog post about it- written while in process- This Is (Not) My Book- but I will be writing more, I'm sure...
And here's the blurb from the back:
“I'm looking at a screen. What was I just doing? I think. But another thought appears in my head. A request. A command. The voice speaks. Let's go back, it says. I try to focus on the screen in front of me. Is that my face? It doesn't look like a real face and the text is illegible, but after blinking several times I manage to bring it under control. Artist, writer, whatever. Is what it appears to say. Again the voice speaks and this time I just listen absently.
I’m really pleased to have been selected for the INFRA_SPECTION cycle of residencies at The White Building, London’s centre for exploring the art, technology and sustainability.
As the digital divide and post-internet discourses disperse and diversify, the INFRA_SPECTION residency artists and creative technologists will focus on giving form to the idea of #stacktivism– a popularcritical conversation and line of enquiry around infrastructures (physical, political and social) and the relationship we have to them.
The Way We Act Now: Psychology and Behaviour in the Digital Age at Wysing Arts Centre
I'll be showing two videos at this event on the 14th June:
The first event in our Futurecamp series includes contributions from Dr Stefana Broadbent, Jesse Darling, Cécile B Evans, Shana Moulton, Rachel Reupke, Dr Kathleen Richardson, Erica Scourti and Frances Stark
Premise of the event:
Behaviour and human interactions have been radically affected and changed by the impact of the digital and Internet revolutions – causing dramatic changes that we are still living through.
The pleasure of our networked lives is played out publicly via social networks of image and text, and the immediate access to information and entertainment this enables is now considered essential.
I've been in a writing haze this week- here's some chat about this book I'm (not) writing as part of SNOW CRASH at Banner Repeater plus algorithmic identities, Facebook print-outs, twatty quizzes and the fate of our digital archives.
"Data profiles tap into a desire to discover our algorithmic identity, bringing to mind Boris Groys’ notion of performing to an algorithmic gaze. But they may also acclimatise us to the concept of ubiquitous, ambient surveillance, encouraging us to accept that since it’s already happening, we might as well find out for ourselves what it is ‘they’ see."
P/N/19 Foam, a peripatetic project by Mat Jenner
Opens: Friday 23 May 2014 6 - 9pm
Exhibition runs: 24 May - 15 June 2014
Foamis an on-going peripatetic project by artist Mat Jenner. Conceived as both a platform for experimental commissioning and an expansive artwork, Foam explores the condition of the contemporary art object and its problematized relationship to spectatorship, dissemination, presence and display.
Agata Madejska, Alice Theobald, Alistair McClymont, Anna Barham, Anne Hardy, Asterism, Aura Satz, Benedict Drew, Berry Patten, Bevis Martin & Charlie Youle, Brian Moran, Bronwen Buckeridge, Cally Spooner and Peter Joslyn, Candice Jacobs, Cecile B Evans, Charlie Woolley, Charlotte Prodger, Christopher Kulendran Thomas & Amnesia Scanner, Chris Rawcliffe & Andrew Bunsell, Connie Butler, Killian Immervol & Sophie Lee, Daniel Keller, David Raymond Conroy, Dawn Scarfe, Diana Policarpo, Erica Scourti, Fay Nicolson, GandT, Giorgio Sadotti, Hannah Black, Hanna Schwarz and Phillip Sollmann, Haroon Mirza, Hayal Ponzati, Holly Slingsby, Ian Whittlesea, Jaakko Pallasvuo, Jack Brindley, Jack Stokoe, James Prevett, Jess Flood Paddock, Jesse Darling, Jimmy Merris, Joey Holder, John Lawrence, Juneau Projects, Kevin Clarke, Kirsty Harris, Koudlam, Larry Achiampong, Lars TCF Holdhus, Lucy Clout, Lumpen Noblemen, Maria Theodoraki, Marie D'Elbee, Mark Dean, Mark Vernon, Mary Hurrell, Matt Golden, Matthew Noel-Tod, Mike Harte, Euan Rodger & Jamie Shovlin, Mikhail Karikis, Naive Set & Marijn Van Kreij, Neil Taylor, Nicholas Mohanna, Nicole Bachmann, Nina Wakeford, Octagon Court, Oliver Sutherland, Olivier Castel, Patrick Coyle, Patrick Staff, Paul Purgas, Philomene Pirecki, Picana Electrica, Pil and Galia Kollectiv, Piotr ?akomy & Filip Kaniecki, Plastique Fantastique, Prem Sahib & Richard Lockett, Rachel Cattle & Steve Richards, Rebecca Lennon, Richard Bevan, Richard John Jones, Richard Sides, Rob Chavasse, Rob Lye, Rowena Harris, Ruth Barker, Salvatore Arancio, Sam Belinfante, Sarah Jones, Seb Patane, Skye Chamberlain & Max McFerren, Sophie Michael, Squares and Triangles, Steven Dickie, Stewart Home, Stuart Bannister, Tamarin Norwood, Tellervo Kalleinen, Thrape, Tim Pratt, Will Holder, Yuri Pattison
2nd May - 29th June.
Opening night: 6.30-9pm 2nd May.
Erica Scourti, Jesse Darling, Yuri Pattison, Tyler Coburn, Anna Barham, and Ami Clarke.
my data profile being leafed through...
Colocation, time displacement by Yuri Pattison
For SNOW CRASH- which develops ideas from Neal Stephenson’s science fiction of 1992, I’m presenting a work drawing on the expertise of professionals within the fields of cyber security, digital privacy, social profiling and data mining to obtain ‘profiles’ and data based on my public and semi-private online activity, which will be displayed and updated throughout the exhibition period. Working with a ghost-writer, the material collected will inform the basis of a new text narrating my fictional memoirs, extrapolating a version of this aggregate data self constructed through my digital footprint. read more here!
Present Fictions at David Roberts Art Foundation
Present Fictions is a series of talks, screenings and performance lectures over two days.
Diverse events address contemporary forms of poetry, science fiction, narrative structures and ideas of neo-materialism in current art practices and investigate how they can both be informed by and question new technologies and the expanded information society. A temporary research library presents a selection of publications and materials that have informed the research for this project. The exhibition Geographies of Contamination is concurrently on display in the gallery space.
Artists and speakers include Rachael Allen, Hannah Black, Ami Clarke, Tyler Coburn, David Raymond Conroy, Robert Cowley, David Cunningham, Keren Cytter, Jesse Darling, Rózsa Farkas, Barnaby Lambert, Pablo Larios, Hannah Perry, Heather Phillipson, Cher Potter, Val Ravaglia, Sam Riviere, Erica Scourti, Richard Sides, Michael E. Smith, Lucy Soutter and Georgina Voss.
Curated by Sandra Pusterhofer with Micola Brambilla and Nina Trivedi.
Performance at ArtReview Live for an event organised by Rebecca Birch called Addresses to a Lichen-covered stick, with
The video uses screen-grabbed and then partially redacted iPhone text messages as the starting point for text produced by online Keyword generators used in SEO- it’s kind of about symbiotic relationships and aloneness/ connection.
And it’s missing the first line, unfortunately ( 'I was dead for millions of years') /
DAZED Contributing Visual Arts editor Susanna-Davies Crook invited 21 artists who are women to contribute artwork to create this artist image project: contributing an ongoing dialogue around the body, voice, hand and heart .
Includes Jennifer Chan, Kate Cooper, Rozsa Farkas, Helen Kaplinsky, Leslie Kulesh, Shana Moulton,and many more.
MJ Genève - Thursday January 30th from 8pm
A screening curated by Misery Connoisseur and Christopher Kulendran Thomas
with promotional material from:
Brace Brace | Laura Buckley | Dora Budor | Maja ?ule | Anne de Vries | DIS | Claudia Djabbari | Kristin Luke | Peles Empire | James Prevett | Erica Scourti
, Cécile B. Evans
, R. Kelly
, Kalup Linzy
, Erica Scourti
, Cally Spooner, Frances Stark and Amelie von Wulffen
The group exhibition ‘La voix humaine’ at Kunstverein München features works by artists that offer contemporary perspectives on themes within Francis Poulenc’s 1958 operatic adaptation of Jean Cocteau's one-act play of the same name. The exhibition takes this drama as its starting point to identify how heightened forms of affect are mediated in society today; from public exposure of emotionality in need of an audience to a consequential role technology plays in facilitating intimate relationships with its users.
Happening online and in The Royal Standard gallery DIFFERENT DOMAIN looks at the rapidly changing culture of art online and it’s relationship with the gallery. Using a variety of platforms including The Royal Standard website, Twitter, google hangouts and two gallery based events, and through a combination of video, live performance, still image, GIF, poetry and critical writing, the exhibition asks how does an audience encounter and interact with work online and where is the physical exhibition (and the audience itself) situated within that experience?
Featuring new and existing work from Joe Hamilton, Laura Buckley, Erica Scourti, Jesse Darling, Sabrina Ratte, Sara Ludy, Molly Soda, Alexandria McCrosky, Bill Domonkos, Harry Burke and more, DIFFERENT DOMAIN examines the continually shifting contexts of art online.
Copyright/Copywrong: The Ethics of Intellectual Property at ICA
Wednesday 4 December, 6.45pm
This talk focuses on the ethical and moral issues that arise in the various debates around intellectual property - specifically as it relates to artistic practice.
Although issues of intellectual property have been hugely relevant to artistic practices prior to the advent of the Internet - collage, appropriation, found material, collaboration, to name a few elements - the digital realm and editing software allow these processes to happen more easily and more immediately, with the results widely distributed instantaneously. As digital natives become more and more comfortable with the way images and ideas are manipulated and circulated online, questions of intellectual property stand to become lost and overlooked. What are the ramifications of losing sight of such issues, not only in terms of legality but also the ethics? The discussion will address the various challenges of working in the network and assess their implications for personal and social values and behaviour.
The panel is chaired by Jaime Stapleton, speakers include lawyers Daniel McClean and Noor Kadhim, Russel Martin from Artquest and artist Erica Scourti.
"The serial photographic self-portrait was adopted in the 1980s by feminist artists such as Jo Spence and Alexis Hunter in order to rethink ways of acting. How has a newer generation of webcam artists, such as Petra Cortright and Erica Scourti, responded to their legacy and the challenge of new technology?"
I'm interested in where agency resides when our desires, intentions and behaviours are constantly being tracked and manipulated through the media and technology that we inhabit; how can we claim to have any "authentic" desires?
Curator George Vasey will give an introduction and explanation behind the work of Alexis Hunter and Jo Spence, two British feminist photographers working during the 1970s and 1980s. A selection of video works by Alexis Hunter, Jo Spence, Nina Wakeford and Erica Scourti will also be screened.
A new series of Field Broadcasts conceived for your computer desktop.
Live: 16 - 18 September 2013
Rebecca Beinart, Annabelle Craven-Jones, Patrick Coyle, Matthew de Kersaint Giraudeau, Candice Jacobs, Sam Mercer, Kolanchoe, Samuel Rodgers, Erica Scourti, NaoKo TakaHashi
A Field Broadcast project in collaboration with NearNow at Broadway, Nottingham
The artists making broadcasts for Caddy Life have spent time together, in the domestic context of a residency at Primary House, Nottingham, and during a road trip exploring sites of transmission, network and communication in rural Derbyshire. The broadcast series has been devised collectively and will include individual artists' works, improvisations and interruptions.
To receive the broadcasts please download the Field Broadcast: Caddy Life software. Once installed the software will sit quietly on your desktop, waiting. When an artist makes a broadcast it will 'ping' and display the live video stream directly on your desktop.
The top occurring three-word phrases from personal texts written over a busy 4-months
period- including diaries, essays and blog posts- were used as search terms in Google’s keyword tool, which assists search engine optimization by offering alternative and similar phrases for use in web copy, in order to make websites score higher in Google rankings.
The long-list of phrases suggested were edited down to create texts that act as a personal confessional spoken through the words of thousands of web-users worldwide.|
"Standing in the streets of Vienna wearing a makeshift wooden box, Valie Export, in her performance Tap and Touch Cinema (1968) asked male members of the public to touch her bare breasts, which were covered by the curtains hung across the front. Re-enacting and making visible the objectification of the female body in Hollywood cinema, Export’s double play of self-affirmation and submission to the discourse exemplifies what I will be considering in this thesis: the subversive strategies of the female fool."
As part of the extended MC programme, marking the launch of the second issue of Misery Connoisseur at Enclave Projects, I ran Mental Movies, a 4-hour visualisation and guided imagery workshop that memebers of the public could join in.
"Erica Scourti’s ‘Unsent Letters’ are like magic eye puzzles, for which the viewer must relax into a hazy half-focus
in order to receive their corrupted message; as what has been written becomes clear it remains ambiguous as to
whether the words have been degraded by force of emotion or encrypted against detection."
Appropriation Beyond the Object at Banner Repeater
Open call exhibition selected by Ben Vickers, Alana Kushnir, Helen Kaplinsky and Ami Clarke.
Opening night: 21st June 6.30-9pm. 22nd June – 7th July.
Project Space: Ovidiu Hulubei, Scott Mason (with writing by: Harry Burke, Annie Davey, John Hill, Pedro Neves Marques, Sally O'Reilly, Frances Scott), Arnaud Desjardin and the Everyday Press and Erica Scourti
Reading Room: Steven Paige, Michael Hampton, Cristina Garrido.
Off-site: SE Barnet tweeting @BRartreader #masslyobserved.
Promotional video: Toby Huddlestone.
The selected works all take very different approaches to the open call out, and we hope that in combination they will enable us to begin a conversation about what might be meant by ‘appropriation beyond the object’, that touch on structures emergent with new technologies, both historically and contemporary, that shift our relations and alter our contractual agreements with one another, both subtly and significantly.
A Life in AdWords, Algorithms & Data Exhaust. An interview with Erica Scourti with Marc Garrett, Furtherfield
"Millions are blissfully unaware of the technological forces at work behind the scenes when we use social network platforms, mobile phones and search engines. The Web is bulging with information. What lies behind the content of the systems we use everyday are algorithms, designed to mine and sort through all the influx of diverse data."
Field Broadcast are working with Rebecca Beinart, Annabelle Craven-Jones, Patrick Coyle, Oscar Gaynor, Matthew de Kersaint Giraudeau, Candice Jacobs, Samuel Rodgers, Erica Scourti & NaoKo TakaHashi as a part of Domestic Pursuits with The Broadway, Nottingham's Near Now programme.
Domestic Pursuits is a project that will develop new approaches to live broadcasting through collective experimentation. Working from residency space, PRIMARY House, the project considers the domestic contexts of broadcast reception and the infrastructure that enables its transmission.
This ICA Friday Salon organised by Duncan White (artist, author and researcher, CSM, London) and Louise O'Hare (Publish And Be Damned, London) looks at immediate distribution, teasing out the relationship between experimental writing and publishing practices.
With videos and performances from Caroline Bergvall, Riccardo Iacono, Fiona James, Erica Scourti and Camilla Wills this Salon elaborates on themes established by the video programme installed at the PABD 2013 fair in March this year.
The Performing Documents Conferenceis the culminating public event of this research project, exploring the re-use of live art archives. Over three days, artists, theatre-makers, digital-media practitioners, archivists and scholars from around the world will gather for a series of lectures, dialogues and performances, reflecting on the state of contemporary performance and its documents.
Becoming Nomad: Hybrid Spaces, Liquid Architectures and Online Domains
10 April 2013 at York St John University, York, UK
By setting up dialogues between bodies and spaces, this event seeks to explore the new practices, philosophies and intensities evoked by the continuously shifting coordinates of contemporary corporealities, and to renegotiate notions and experiences of spatial embodiment in contemporary theatre and performance contexts. TaPRA Performance and New Technologies Inter-conference Event 2013
Seven podcasts, lectures and artist talks are simultaneously filmed and transcribed while wearing weights, and cut together in order of decreasing legibility. to improve knowledge and muscle tone: part of a series on good intentions gone wrong, neo-liberal values and self-betterment multi-tasking.
To be continued.
Shown as part of Artists Videos: Instant publishing at Publish and Be Damned at the ICA, with work by Fiona James, Clunie Reid, Anne Tallentire, Duncan White and Camilla Wills, a showreel reflecting upon practices of writing and distribution, and teasing out the relationship between experimental writing and publishing practices.
Weighted Transcirption Workout on monitor 1
Clunie Reid watching her video on monitor 2
Duncan White's video on monitor 3
Artists Videos: Instant publishing installed on three monitors at Publish and Be Damned, at the ICA.
Publish and Be Damned 2013, ICA London
The annual Publish And Be Damned self-publishers fair returns for its second year at the ICA.
The fair features over 50 publishers with experimental editorial directions and distribution strategies operating outside the mainstream.
Organised by Kate Phillimore and Louise O'Hare as PABD in association with the ICA.
Artists Videos: Instant publishing
Fiona James, Clunie Reid, Erica Scourti, Anne Tallentire, Duncan White and Camilla Wills
11am - 7pm, Theatre
Artists videos are installed throughout the fair, playing with ideas of automatic writing and instant publishing. Reflecting upon practices of writing and distribution, and teasing out the relationship between experimental writing and publishing practices, this installation of silent video will serve as a starting point for talks and discussion at an upcoming ICA Friday Salon.
Curated by Three Letter Words and Duncan White. Organised by Publish And Be Damned in association with the ICA. Special thanks to The Block.