Ladies and gentlemen,
Today, 5pm, the UCA staff and students will be staging a cyberformance titled ‘The Ultimate Flood Survival Guide’ at the University for the Creative Arts, Farnahm, W02 and the Foyer Gallery, and online at Upstage. You are cordially invited to join us at Farnham or online for this performance, which is a surreal and satirical response to the recent UK Flood.
This piece is one of the outcomes of Helen Varley Jamieson‘s creative residency at the UCA, Farnham (3-14 March 2014). It is a collaboration between the artist in residence, and UCA staff and students, remixing, re-contextualising many assets created by the UCA staff and students, as well as other Upstage users.
To demonstrate the idea of distributed performance (which is one of the distinct natures of cyberformance), and to dialogue with the ‘Facing Extinction’ exhibition, the live performance will be projected concurrently on the gallery wall at the foyer. The ‘liveness’, ‘rareness’ and ‘short lived’ (or some might add ‘disposable’) characters of the performance, and the theme “Flood’, all contribute to making ‘The Ultimate Flood Survival Guide’ a perfect echo to the Facing Extinction: Gustav Metzger. – around the ideas of ‘disposal’ and ‘death’ and ‘disaster’.
In the following days, I shall reflect the production process with the artist in residence – Helen Varley Jamieson – and post our reflection here. Til then.