Networked Bodies: Digital Performance Weekender – Watermans, Brentford, London 7-9 November 2014

Digital Performance Weekender
Friday 7 – Sunday 9 November 2014


A weekend of performances, presentations and interactive workshops. Find an event to suit your interest, whether that’s digital performance practise, family events or interactive workshops and performances. 

Networks are at the heart of how we live today. Networks generate transnational zones of action, bring together communities, circulate knowledge and information, expand spheres of influence, contaminate ideas, germinate exchanges, foster innovation, and facilitate distribution of power. However, networks are unfairly distributed and closely monitored. Geopolitical injustices and dominant political and economic forces mean that networks can foster segregation, facilitate hyper-centralized forms of citizen surveillance and control, fragment living space and experience. These developments of the network society generate social tensions, which invest the task of understanding networks in their many manifestations –including cultural ones– with social and political urgency.

In Networked Bodies at Watermans we want to explore networked performance practices with a view to considering how they transform live (embodied, disembodied and trans-bodied) performance practices. We are keen to consider the many, increasingly well documented, exciting possibilities these present to live performance, as well as their potential downsides. Speaking for the devil (so to speak), we ask: do these practices raise any ethical concerns through the use of surveillance and control, fragmentation of space and experience, alienation or even exploitation of their participants? Networked Bodies will aim to look beyond shiny appearances and into the –occasionally dirty– folds of the networks (and the bodies).

Curated by Maria Chatzichristodoulou (aka Maria X) and Irini Papadimitriou



RING THE CHANGES+ – Chisato Minamimura in collaboration with Nick Rothwell and  body>data>space

Hacking Choreography 2.0 – Kate Sicchio and Nick Rothwell

DC01 – Fabio Lattanzi Antinori and Louise Ashcroft


NETWORKED BODIES SYMPOSIUM – Sat 8, 2.30-6.30pm, £6 (or £5 if bought jointly with Networked Bodies Theatre Event ticket)

A day of presentations, demonstrations and performances


OTHER LIVE EVENTS – various times, FREE

If You Go Away – Chapter One

Invisible Flock

Fri 7, 6-9pm / Sat 8, 4-9pm / Sun 9, 3-6pm

Entrance Patio

Bring a charged 3G enabled smartphone or tablet or borrow one from our limited stock. Headphones are provided or you are welcome to bring your own.

A game and live cinematic experience that rewards the curious. Created for your own mobile handset or tablet, If You Go Away offers an alternative lens through which to see and affect your city, played as a single 1hr experience or dipped in and out of over a longer period of time. The fantastical story of Olive, a journey through her past, a search for lost things, and the people who haunt the corners of her memory. Inspired by point and click adventures and French cinema, If You Go Away invites you to choose how to encounter Olive’s world. Triggered by location the story unfolds as you explore the physical geography of a city, blurring lines between real and unreal, questioning our sense of participation in landscapes that constantly shift and change around us.


Working Net – Jo Scott

Jo Scott

Bar – Friday 7, 7pm

This live intermedial experiment uses materials gathered from a variety of different networks, which are mixed, merged and assembled live, with the help of those present, into a ‘working net’ of image, sound, object and body. Through such acts, ‘Working Net’ hopes to provide a lively and interrogative space, where the intersections between networks and bodies can be practised and explored.

Jo Scott is a live media practitioner-researcher and lecturer at the University of Salford, who has just completed a PhD in live intermedial practice at the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama.

Norah Lorway

Friday 7, 7.40pm


GALLERY LIVE EVENTS – for full programme click here – FREE

Keeping in touch (with an unknown other) – Annie Abrahams

Saturday 8 & Sunday 9


Stitch, Bitch and Make/Perform – Camille Baker (MEET UP)

Sunday 9

FAMILY EVENTS – Sun 9 Nov     

Half Moon presents Misunderstood Monsters & site-specific digital game – Sun 9 Nov, 3pm, £6.50

Toy Hacking Workshop – Sun 9 Nov, 1-3pm, FREE drop in (suitable for 5+ with parent/guardian supervision)


For full installation programme please click here


Jennifer Lyn Morone™ Inc

Room 40 – Alex May

Box Office Foyer

Dancing with Drones – Nina Kov in collaboration with COLLMOT Robotic Research Group directed by Pr Tamas Vicsek, Dept of Biological Physics of the Eotvos University of Budapest


The Distinction Between Here and There, Now and Then – Garrett Lynch

Sandwich Board – Garrett Lynch

A Network of People Who Attended an Exhibition and Contributed to the Creation of this Work – Garrett Lynch

me and my shadow – body>data>space

The Anatomy of Human Breath – Kasia Molga & Adrian Godwin

Prospectus For a Future Body – Ka Fai Choy

Synchronicity – Stanza

Riverside Gallery

Guerilla Toy Hacking – Exploring Senses CIC


APPS – you can download these at home or via our wifi network

Timescapes – Stanza

Download free on itunes:

Timescapes mixes CCTV feeds over time and allows different results to be made depending on use of the interface. Underpinning these artworks, are a whole series of potential problems about observation, surveillance, and the ethics of the control space. Imagine walking out the door, and knowing every single action, movement, sound, micro movement, pulse, and thread of information is being tracked, monitored, stored, analyzed, interpreted and logged.



Joel Cahen

Friday 7 – Sunday 9 Nov,  around Watermans – please see sign for starting point – FREE

Requires smartphone running the free Android or iPhone app Interzone Theatre and a pair of closed-cup headphones. App powered by Mobile Explorer.

A rare disorder enables the protagonist to experience the place s/he is in, in a different time. But when Past and Future events start to mix up, the Present becomes a luxury. Interzone Theatre is a portal to a parallel reality, unveiling a layer of narrative superimposed on the streets, waterways, parks and interior spaces of the city.