When we meet. Performance by Me and the Machine
Strelka Institute for Media, Architecture and Design
Bersenevskaya embankment, 14, Moscow
When We Meet Again is a wearable film and one-to-one live performance, a bizarre sensuous experience featuring you, your invisible friend, a 3D soundtrack, an old forgotten dance, an ocean, a flavour and me.
When We Meet Again is an outlandish voyage through meetings mediated by technology, blinded by vision, displaced by what you hear around you and you know it is not really there. The viewer is transported into a mixed world between the ambiguous physicality of the screen, the ghostly realm of a palpable invisible companion, the fiction that feels real and vice-versa. The brain is tricked into the illusion of being inside a new body and in a foreign space, through which you move and encounter mysterious invisible presences.
With its live approach to screen-viewing, this piece is a reflection on how the mediation of audiovisual technology can shape human and social interactions and on the function (and de-function) of the body in our media inundated times.
Devised and performed by Sam Pearson and Clara García Fraile
Music: Sam Pearson
Assistance and documentation: Chloe Ducharne
Supported by Arts Council England, Brighton & Hove Arts Commission, The
Basement, South East Dance, Ingravid Festival, Blast Theory Studios, Lighthouse
3-4 June at 11:00-20:00 as part of the 3-day Future of the Word Forum, devoted to new perspectives on reading culture, the publishing industry and creative literary process in the UK and Russia.
Me and the Machine
Me and the Machine makes multidisciplinary performance. Their work combines everyday audiovisual media with text-based performance in adventurous and accessible ways, to question emotions and power relations in the midst of our media-inundated lives, through our image-inundated bodies.
They device ways of playing with the social sculpture that emerges around the spectacle, the correlation between the enigmatic docility of the public and the fascinating authority of the screen, the stage, the book page…
Audiences are invited to engage performatively in unique experiences, being dislocated into hybrid realms, somewhere in between reality, poetry and fiction.
Me and the Machine works have obtained The Arches Brick Award 2010, a nomination for the Total Theatre Awards and the ‘First Prize in Performance’ & 'Outstanding Artist Award’ in the Young Artists Awards 2009 and 2010 (Premios de Arte Joven de la JCyL, Spain).