Hummingbirds and Hamburgers

Live event at 19:00 on 8 November 2022 at Ridotto Teatro Remondini, Via Santissima Trinità, 8, Bassano del Grappa, Italy.

In early November, Christine Ellison (Reading School of Art) led a team of international artists and local participants in a residency at Fondazione Bonotto, Veneto (IT). The interdisciplinary team, from the fields of Art, Dance, Music, and Interaction Design, worked together to co-create a post-digital event score. The work was developed through immersion in the Fluxus and Experimental Poetry Collection at Bonotto and culminated in a live interpretation hosted by OperaEstate Festival.

This residency forms part of a wider research project that aims to develop critical engagement with screen interfaces through performance. In a series of workshops, participants are invited to reflect on the words and symbols of common user interfaces while examining the relationship between language and action in the experimental works of Fluxus. We consider how methods of the intermedia artists of the mid-20th century can help to engage and reassert the body at a time where we communicate, largely, via the screen. Through the project we ask what an embodied interpretation of the user interface can look like, and critically speculate on the future legacy of this ubiquitous visual language.

The work emerges from a research collaboration between artist/researchers Christine Ellison (UK), Erato Tzavara (GR) and Nicholas Ward (IE). For this residency, in collaboration with Fondazione Bonotto and OperaEstate Festival, the core team joined forces with Vassilis Tzavaras (Gnous Collective, GR), Maria Pisiou and Fer Gonzales-Morales (Lost Movement Collective, NL) and film-maker Robbie McKane (UK).

The project has been developed in partnership with the University of Reading (Uk) and the University of Limerick (IE). Supported using public funding by the National Lottery through Arts Council England and Onassis-Stegi Outward Turn Programme (Athens).

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