CÉCILE B. EVANS
Location: Theater Kikker
Feeling For You is an ongoing, frequently updated performance lecture that reverse engineers the artist’s practice through a series of personal anecdotes, Google searches, images, and video clips. Meandering through the last few years of Evans’ work, the talk follows the same ‘hyperlinked’ logic used in recent projects like Hyperlinks or It Didn’t Happen or AGNES. Touching on the impacting rise of digital technology and the disorienting feedback loops it creates within society, the performance takes this year’s festival theme as its starting point.
Cécile B. Evans― Artist
Cécile B. Evans examines the value of emotion in contemporary society and the increasing influence of new technologies on how we feel and act. Evans employs installation, video, sculpture, online platforms and performance to address how person-to-machine exchanges reflect the wider contemporary human condition. Evans’ recent works, AGNES (2014) and Hyperlinks or It Didn’t Happen (2014) addressed the lives of digital beings and our relationship to them. Her latest work What the Heart Wants builds on these ideas to consider how these blurred relations, and the mechanisms underlying them, might effect our idea of humanity. Set in the future, centered around a new system called HYPER, it imagines what it means to be ‘a person’.
Melanie Bühler― Moderator
Melanie Bühler is an Amsterdam-based freelance curator. She is the founder and curator of Lunch Bytes — a project on digital art and culture which includes talks, discussions and an online platform for which she collaborated with institutions such as Art Basel; CCA, Glasgow; ICA, London; and Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Washington, D.C. among others. As a curator, her most recent projects include Inflected Objects #1: Abstraction – Rising Automated Reasoning at Swiss Institute Milano (2015), BRANDS – CONCEPT/AFFECT/MODULARITY at S.A.L.T.S. Project Space, Birsfelden (2014) and Surface Poetry at Boetzelaer/Nispen Amsterdam (2014). She is the editor of No Internet, No Art. A Lunch Bytes Anthology (Onomatopee, 2015) and her writings have appeared in the exhibition catalogue Kasia Klimpel. The Grand Tour (Roma Publishing, 2014), Megarave Metarave (les presses du réel/Kunsthaus Langenthal/WallRiss, 2014), and Run Computer, Run (Link Editions/CRUMB, 2014) among others.