CAL Affective Digital Presence Series 2020-21: Creating space, shifting perspective, holding time
Small Acts of Being is an exploratory excursion of personal space, to encourage different ways of looking, thinking and being. The project is a collaboration between artists Heather Barnett and Sarah Christie and philosopher Betti Marenko, who share a common interest in exploring the space between art and experience, being and knowing, theory and practice. Born from curiosity and the desire to co-create, they invite others to join the process of enquiry, experimentation and invention to discover ways of being with our circumstances. Focusing attention on the small, rarely noticed places and things, they make time for playful investigation of physical, virtual and imagined places.
The aim is to provide positive interruption to trigger divergent activity, coaxing us out of established grooves and creating the conditions for interesting unexpected things to happen. Through a series of prompts and actions, they invite participants to re-inhabit the familiar, opening up space for new observations, insights and encounters... They seek out the minute, the hyper-large, the immediate, the near and far, and the often overlooked.
Within the current confinement of the assemblage of digital space and physical restriction, they explore ways to adapt. Rather than resisting or looking for escape, they seek agency within the micro-sphere, to find ways to navigate the uncertainty and fatigue of our times. The excursions take place on Zoom and activities are designed to adapt to any size and shape of space.
Small Acts of Being is both an individual and a collective endeavour, prompting actions, interpretations and conversations. It is creative, responsive and emergent.
The team will run a special session of the experiment with the CAL community to critically explore the relationship between affective practice and digital interface.
This will be an active session, which will involve moving around our spaces. Cameras and microphones will not need to be switched on at all times, however it would be warmly welcomed during the introduction and group discussions.
*An online zoom link will be sent on the day of the event to registered attendees only.
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