Virtual Embrace has been developed by Res. in conjunction with Goldsmiths Library from research carried out in the archive of media art curator Kathy Rae Huffman.
Performances: Annabelle Craven-Jones, Elizabeth Mputu | Screenings: Kit Galloway and Sherrie Rabinowicz, Shu Lea Cheang, Ayesha Tan Jones | Speakers: Victoria Sin, Helen Hester plus more tbc | Refreshments: #makehomebrewfemme
Through performance, screening and discussion, Virtual Embrace will explore the streamed, disrupted, bodily substance - intimate, awkward, live, therapeutic, sexual, alchemical.
Kit Galloway and Sherrie Rabinowitz’s 1980 public communication sculpture ‘Hole In Space’ connected pedestrians on the streets of NYC and LA via life-size transmitted video projections of themselves in a strangely intimate science fiction fantasy. Nearly 40 years later what we are now familiar with as a ‘live feed’ thanks to the ubiquity of Wi-Fi, Skype and FaceTime, is invariably interrupted by the friction of imperfect technology. Jittering, rather than flowing from source to mouth, the fantasy of the encrypted liquid body is interrupted and awkwardly jerks one back to the material lack of physical proximity.
The Kathy Rae Huffman archive is formed of a collection of catalogues, videos and rare books on cyberfeminism, broadcasting, net.art, and early New Media Art from the 1980s to early ‘00s. For the past 12 months with Goldsmiths Library, Res. have been working on a programme of practice-based research events and commissions using these materials as a starting point.
A selection of books and catalogues from the archive is installed at Res. and will be available to browse during the Virtual Embrace event.
Supported by Goldsmiths Library, Goldsmiths Research and Enterprise Committee and The Annual Fund
Dates & times
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|30 Jun 2017||4:00pm - 8:00pm|
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