‘My squad is in my phone’

Spoken word and movement performance with smartphones, 2018

Performers: Emma Bayer, Aline Borovikova, Svetlana Dorogina, Elena Ermakova and Anastasia Manuilova. Photo credit: Ivan Novikov-Dvinsky.

Photo credit Ivan Novikov-Dvinsky

This performance is based on the experience of digital friendship, how we interact with our friends online and in the digital realm. The disembodiment in friendship through use of WhatsApp, messenger and social media. How do we express our emotions online? Where does the non-verbal communication go? And ultimately, how do these digital interactions also shape our reality offline?

It puts to the fore issues regarding digital empathy and computational knowledge by virtue of swipes, scrolls and other body language – digital movements with physical flow. A nuanced and poetic depiction about the way interactions shape both our identities and relations.

Photo credit Ivan Novikov-Dvinsky
Photo credit Ivan Novikov-Dvinsky
Photo credit Ivan Novikov-Dvinsky
Photo credit Ivan Novikov-Dvinsky
Photo credit Ivan Novikov-Dvinsky
Photo credit Ivan Novikov-Dvinsky
Photo credit Ivan Novikov-Dvinsky
Photo credit Ivan Novikov-Dvinsky
Photo credit Ivan Novikov-Dvinsky
Photo credit Ivan Novikov-Dvinsky

This performance was first shown at the 6th Moscow International Biennale for Young Art 2018. As part of the Strategic Project ‘This Site is Under Revolution’ curated by Barbara Cueto which took place at MMOMA Moscow Museum of Modern Art. 

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