Segal Center Film Festival on Theatre and Performance (FTP) 2022 is pleased to present individual submissions created under the digital initiative…
#See you at Home – The Domestic Spaces as Public Encounter
by Bettina Katja Lange, Joan Soler-Adillon, Uwe Brunner
Country: Germany, Austria and Spain | Language: English | Year Of Inception: 2022
About #See you at Home – The Domestic Spaces as Public Encounter
The private living space has always had a function as a place of refuge, comfort, but also as a repository of personal identities.
Since the outbreak of the pandemic, the exceptional position of home quarantine, and an immensely high focus on our personal living spaces, the “home” can no longer be regarded as the once closed unit, it appears instead as a space of progressive exposure -not least due to the constant exchange of data with public digital networks.
“See you at Home” is an installation oscillating between the physical and the virtual dimensions, with the aim to explore the meaning of private and intimate space in times of ubiquitous connectivity. It represents the concept of a public living space, providing a stage for encounters, joint awareness, and personal exchange.
The foundation piece of this work is an ever-growing global archive in Virtual Reality of glimpses into the domesticated private spheres of a digitally networked population. This VR Experience manifests a multitude of fragmented narratives of personal spaces, intimate routines, and memories; a variety of snapshots collected in more than 40 countries during the most intense periods of self-isolation and home confinement over the past two years.
Through a series of interactive lecture performances, hosted in Zoom and on Mozilla Hubs, this archive of privacy expands with local, individual content. In these performances, the audience is invited to a collective room journey through their own homes and the private spaces of carefully chosen protagonists around the globe, to open up the discourse on intimacy in the digital age and sharpen the perception of the privilege of privacy.
“See You At Home” was produced in collaboration with Goethe-Institut China and ETH Zurich. The VR Archive “The Smallest of Worlds – A Landscape of collected Privacy” was developed during CPH:LAB, part of CPH:DOX Documentary Film Festival 2021 and funded by Pixel, Bytes + Film 2021, BMKÖS (Federal Ministry of Arts, Culture, Public Service and Sports, Austria), and Deutscher Künstlerbund, Neustart Kultur.
About Bettina Katja Lange, Joan Soler-Adillon, Uwe Brunner
Bettina Katja Lange is a German set designer and visual media artist. Her work ranges from
narrative forms of presentation such as film, theater, and performance to physical installations and virtual formats. She worked with many renowned film and theater-makers at major theaters in Germany, Estonia, the Netherlands, Spain, Austria, and Switzerland, including the Zurich Opera, the Nationale Opera & Ballet Amsterdam, the Kammerspiele Munich, the Hebbel am Ufer (HAU) in Berlin, as well as in the USA; together with the Wooster Group and Performance Space Theatre 122 in New York City.
Her current research is devoted to exploring documentary narratives in the theme of the private in virtual environments; the interrelationship between space, intimacy, and immersion; and the extent of ordinary objects and personal space on social identity.
Joan Soler-Adillon (Phd) is a Catalan artist and associate professor at Universitat Oberta de Catalunya (UOC), in Barcelona. He has previously held positions at Royal Holloway, University of London, and Universitat Pompleu Fabra. His research and practice revolve around digital interactive media and its manifestation in digital art –particularly interactive installation, an experimental approach to interactive storytelling and documentary, and Virtual Reality. From a full-body interactive game run on an inflatable slide to a VR-based experimental documentary, he has participated in a myriad of projects with a focus on both behavior design and interactivity, and on fostering audience collaboration and participation.
Uwe Brunner is an architect, experience designer, teacher and researcher based in Vienna. Since 2019, he has been a faculty member at the ./studio3, Institute for Experimental Architecture at the University of Innsbruck. He is currently pursuing a PhD with a research focus on the Essay, its affective and cognitive modalities, and its potential for space-making in virtual reality environments. In addition to architecture, his research and teaching draw from an array of different fields such as media art, film studies, game studies, streaming culture, and media philosophy.
His work has been widely screened and exhibited, including at the New Media Art Museum La Gaîté Lyrique in Paris, MAK – Museum of Applied Arts in Vienna, CPH:DOX – Copenhagen International Documentary Film Festival, and at the Goethe-Institut in Beijing, to name a few.
Juan Carlos Duarte Regino is a Mexican sound artist and researcher. He is pursuing a PhD in Environmental Sound at Aalto University in Finland, focusing on the entanglement of nature and technology. In the course of his research, he develops instruments and sensors with the aim of enabling extended listening to environments; he aims to challenge conventional technological determinism and extend human listening through a combination of non-human cognition and sound awareness and sensibility. His work includes lectures, workshops, and performances in Europe, Asia, and Mexico. He has been a visiting researcher at IAMAS in Japan, a grantee of the National Endowment of Arts in Mexico, and Arts Promotion Center Finland.
Chao Liu is a performer, curator, and translator living in Berlin and Beijing. He first worked in journalism before moving to theater. He has been a member of the Chinese theater collective Paper Tiger Theater Studio since 2015 and is actively involved in the group’s transcultural performative research and tours with them internationally. He also participated in the Playing the Fool festival and Rewriting Theatre History exhibition. At Rewriting Theatre History, he was co-curator of “2020: Twenty Years Towards A World Theatre.”
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.
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