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.

The limited edition artist’s book “Controlling_Connectivity: Art, Psychology and the Internet” will be exhibited at the National Library of Serbia next month as part of the exhibition ‘BOOK - ART OBJECT’.  There are still a few copies of the original, signed edition of 100 left for sale (20 Euro / US$25). To purchase, contact the artist at gretta.elise.louw (at) gmail (dotcom).

The limited edition artist’s book “Controlling_Connectivity: Art, Psychology and the Internet” will be exhibited at the National Library of Serbia next month as part of the exhibition ‘BOOK - ART OBJECT’.

There are still a few copies of the original, signed edition of 100 left for sale (20 Euro / US$25). To purchase, contact the artist at gretta.elise.louw (at) gmail (dotcom).

GIF using screenshots from  Controlling_Connectivity  performance documentation, by Gretta Louw.

GIF using screenshots from  Controlling_Connectivity  performance documentation, by Gretta Louw.

Artist Gretta Louw in the  Controlling_Connectivity installation at Art Laboratory Berlin, 2012.

Artist Gretta Louw in the  Controlling_Connectivity installation at Art Laboratory Berlin, 2012.

Great article by Annie Abrahams in the current Journal of Artistic Research, with a nice mention ofControlling_Connectivity.

Photos and description from the Current Art Practices on Time and Technology event at Art Laboratory Berlin in January 2012. Curated by Regine Rapp and Christian de Lutz with artists Gretta Louw, Igor Stromajer, and plan b (Sophia New and Daniel Belasco Rogers).