Live stream Arielle F by Simon Senn

Segal Center Film Festival on Theatre and Performance (FTP) 2022 presents

Live stream Arielle F


by Simon Senn

Country: Switzerland | Running Time: 55 | Language: French  | Year Of Release: 2020

About Live stream Arielle F

In this digital conference, Simon Senn, a videographer and visual artist from Geneva, demonstrates how the virtual world and the real world are not always in opposition, revealing the unexpected entanglements between technology, representation, gender, and law.
Simon Senn’s experience began when he bought the digital replica of a female body online. He then went in search of the woman whose body he was « virtually » inhabiting. Onstage he conveys this disturbing experience to the audience.

“What can this body do ?
I bought a digital replica of a female body on a website for $12. The file contained a static, photorealistic representation in three dimensions of the naked body of a young woman. I used a free online tool to give her digital bones; this enabled me to get her moving. With the help of several Internet users around the world that I met online, I developed an immersive motion capture system. I bought a set of virtual reality equipment, including sensors, designed for playing video games. I positioned the sensors on my body, put on the virtual reality headset, and ‘became’ this young woman. I raise my hands, I look at them, and they’re her hands. I look downwards and my mind is fooled into thinking that I have the body of a woman. All the details of this body and skin are visible.
I even catch myself thinking that it suits me.
After this disturbing experience, I looked up the woman on social media by using the hashtag #3dscanstore. I discovered a selfie she had posted at the time the scan was done. I contacted her and suggested we meet. She accepted. I went to her home in England and filmed our meeting. We decided to call her Arielle.
This encounter unsettled me, so I visited a psychologist and asked about the identity is- sues related to the perceptions of one’s own body. « Snapchat dysmorphia », the desire to surgically transform oneself to resemble filtered selfies, is today recognised as a clinical condition. I also queried a lawyer about the legal issues related to the use of this digital body. The discussion with Arielle continued. We talked about what her body could do. She got me doing things I would never have done without this new body-image, which in a way became mine.
Alone onstage with this commonplace virtual reality technology and the tools that I bought throughout the project – and with Arielle joining in on Facetime and the third presence of her body that I move around – I’m here to explain the story.”

Live Stream Arielle F
Digital live performance based on the show Be Arielle F Duration: 40 min
Online Live-stream performance
English subtitles available

Concept and direction
Simon Senn

Simon Senn Arielle F.
and a virtual body

Compagnie Simon Senn

Théâtre Vidy-Lausanne
Le Grütli, Centre de production et de diffusion des Arts vivants, Théâtre du Loup

Distribution and touring
Théâtre Vidy-Lausanne

With the support of
Fondation suisse pour la culture Pro Helvetia
Fondation Ernst Göhner
Pour-cent culturel Migros
Loterie Romande

A working version of the performance Be Arielle F came second at the PREMIO awards for encouraging performing arts, which was held on Saturday 18 May 2019 at the Théâtre Vidy-Lausanne
Creation April 2020

About Simon Senn

At first sight, Simon Senn’s work sometimes gives the impression that he is a socially engaged artist speaking out against a certain type of injustice. However, his work reveals a more ambiguous approach. Even though to a certain extent it is primarily based on reality, there is always a layer of fiction that is interposed. Simon Senn lives in Geneva. He has completed a Bachelor of Fine Arts at the HEAD in Geneva (Haute école d’art et de design) and a Masters at Goldsmiths College in London.

About The Festival

The Segal Center Film Festival on Theatre and Performance (FTP) is an annual event showcasing films drawn from the world of theatre and performance. The festival presents experimental, emerging, and established theatre artists and filmmakers from around the world to audiences and industry professionals. The 7th annual festival will focus on work for the screen created by theatre artists during the Time of Corona. The festival will be held digitally from March 1st – 15th 2022.

Watch Live stream Arielle F from March 1st to March 15th 2022 on the Segal Center Film Festival on Theatre and Performance (FTP) website.

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