my NTU residency culminates today with the cyberformance "we r now[here]", which i've been developing with the students in singapore (and some in canada and the USA) over the last 4 weeks. it's part of the opening of the online symposium Art of the Networked Practice, all about to begin in just over an hour.
it's been an interesting experience to create a performance in Adobe Connect, which is designed for live streaming of conferences and educational events. so it has lots of features like being able to share documents and put your virtual hand up, that are useful in those kind of situations. but in terms of arranging elements on the screen it's limited, audio playback is basic, and so on. however i've worked with the conditions and i think we have an interesting show. it's a journey from nowhere to somewhere, from physical to virtual, from being alone to being together.
i gave a lecture last week that was part of the residency, and i've also been interviewed by randall packer, published here on Furtherfield. at the same time and also as part of the symposium, there has been the Netartizens project, generating a lot of discussion on the netbehaviour email list and the NetArtizens Open Online Exhibition, openly curated by the submitting artists. one activity that happened on the netbehaviour list was michael szpakowski's series of portraits of some of the netartizens. this is his portrait of me.
at the same time as all of this exciting networked art activity, i've been busy throughout march supporting my cousins gina and ashley who were here from sydney for boreollosis treatment. stupidly, the australian government denies the existence of boreollosis (lyme disease) in australia, and therefore provides no treatment for it beyond antibiotics, which after 10 years or more with the disease as is ashley's case, are pretty ineffectual. (it's completely mad - they don't have malaria in australia either, yet when our uncle returned to australia from papua new guinea with malaria, he was able to be treated for that). so they came here to a clinic near munich for hypertherapy - a treatment involving high temperature artificial fever, that apparently kills off the boreollosis bacteria. the whole trip was very expensive, and extremely hard work for both gina and ashley, so hopefully it has done some good! they arrived back in sydney yesterday and i hope are now having deep and long sleeps back in their own beds.
meanwhile in munich, it's nearly time for me to warm up my digits for the performance! for anyone who happens to be reading this in the next 3 hours, you can watch the show online here (select "guest", enter a nickname and click enter).
during march, i am a virtual artist in residence at nanyang university in singapore, as part of randall packer's visiting professorship there and the online symposium he is organising, called "art of the networked practice". being a virtual artist in residence involves working with randall's students to introduce them to the concept of cyberformance and to develop a performance which will be part of the opening of the symposium, and giving a public lecture.
we've begun work on the performance and i'm blogging about it on furtherfield; so far the students are having a lot of fun with the exercises that randall & i are giving them, and we are coming up with some good ideas for the performance which is on 31st march.
the lecture is this week, on wednesday 25th from 10am to 11.30 CET; i think it should be possible to watch it online, but the main audience will be at the university in singapore. i've been really busy lately with my cousins from australia who are here for boreollosis treatment, so now is the time to really focus and prepare what i'm going to say!