Skype Tonight!

t-d-welt:

For the full duration of my Tablet’s battery life tonight, from 9pm CET, I will be set up in a Hotel ShabbyShabby room somewhere in Mannheim, without electricity, and looking for people to skype with. Call me at “controlling_connectivity” to talk, discuss, lie, or confess. I’m ready!

Skype Tour

t-d-welt:

Tomorrow (Thu. 22/5/14) at 11 am CET I will be offering a skype tour of Mannheim as part of Theater der Welt. If you want a glimpse into this charmingly brutalistic, industrial, west-German city, contact me tomorrow at controlling_connectivity.

carlagannis:

Sigh. “Quaranta makes the point that within a post-media art world, so called technology-based — or new media — art has slipped sideways into the acceptable means of creating art, provided it does not (1) mention by name the technological or digital, (2) describe itself as technological or…

Technological purification.

bombmagazine:

A three-way conversation, between Igor Štromajer, Annie Abrahams and Gretta Louw, about performance art online.

Just rediscovered this performance still from Controlling_Connectivity, the original performance way back in 2011. The screenshot shows the IOGraphica drawing documenting all my mouse movements during the performance - here it was just under a day along; the final piece documents the full 240 hours of the performance.

Just rediscovered this performance still from Controlling_Connectivity, the original performance way back in 2011. The screenshot shows the IOGraphica drawing documenting all my mouse movements during the performance - here it was just under a day along; the final piece documents the full 240 hours of the performance.

New edit of performance documentation from Controlling_Connectivity durational performance in 2011.

Interesting review by Luke Munn of ‘On / Off Moments’ exhibition at Grimmuseum, Berlin - which included the ‘Controlling_Connectivity_13’ installation.

From the review:

"Software apps and dialogue boxes cascade over each other: a barrage of Skype calls and Google chats, Facebook messages, Second Life vid captures, tweets and emails. Like Chris Burden’s 1972 performance Bed Piece, in which he refused to leave the mattress for 21 days, transforming sleep into something far more asocial than ameliorative, Louw extrapolates media submersion into a drowning, relying on it completely for human contact (6). The largest monitor presents a time-lapsed, accelerated video record of Louw herself during the residency, waking and sleeping, typing and chatting. If the knots of HDMI cables and powerstrips in the installation emphasise internet as physical entity, this long-duration ‘selfie’ highlights the internet’s tangible physical and psychological impact on the body itself. Louw’s dematerialised identities replicate tirelessly across social networks, remaining vigilant through the night while her pale skin, lit by a laptop screen, huddles beneath a blanket in an empty gallery. For the mediated, every moment must be on.”

Controlling_Connectivity_13 (Gretta Louw, 2013) video and new media installation at Grimmuseum Berlin. This new installation, based on documentation from the 240-hour durational, online performance Controlling_Connectivity (Gretta Louw, 2011) at Art Laboratory Berlin, was created for the exhibition ‘On / Off Moments’, curated by Amelie Wedel.

CIANT kindly posted this video of my Controlling_Connectivity presentation at the recent MutaMorphosis conference in Prague. I was presenting alongside Sophia New and Daniel Belasco Rogers (aka plan b), Yasuhiro Sakamoto, and Ellen Sebring in the Time and Technology panel organised by Regine Rapp and Christian de Lutz from Art Laboratory Berlin.

There was some particularly interesting discussion with the audience at the end (unfortunately not captured in the video) about my relationship to the extreme in this performance work.

In Prague next month I will be presenting my project Controlling_Connectivity  at the MutaMorphosis conference in Prague as part of a discussion panel on the theme of ‘Time and Technology’ with Art Laboratory Berlin. The Time and Technology session will take place on Friday the 7th of December. Panel led by curators Regine Rapp and Christian de Lutz: speakers, Gretta Louw, plan b (Sophia New and Daniel Belasco Rogers), Yasuhiro Sakamoto, and Ellen Sebring.

More information: http://artlaboratory-berlin.blogspot.de/2012/11/art-laboratory-berlin-newsletter.html

Screenshot from Controlling_Connectivity durational performance.