Photo: Vincent Roumagnac
Picture: Kellokumpu&Roumagnac –project ri:vr (2019)

Networked Actor Theory

Research Day
Friday, May 3, 2019 - 10:00 to 20:00
Keskustakirjasto Oodi, Maijansali
Research Seminar

Research Day May 3 10:00-20:00 / Maijansali, Helsinki Central Library Oodi

Contemporary stages rest on technological infrastructures and performing bodies are technologically sustained. Systemic changes within techno-conditioned realities entangle with planetary ecological, political and economic crises, destabilizing divisions between human and non-human, living and dead, past and present, near and far. These shifts have profound implications for practices of living, and the practices of art and research are no exception.

Media art, critical media theory and communication studies as well as live and performance art have addressed and operated within the (new) technological turns. Lately also performing arts and theatre have seen an emergence of artistic research questioning the transparency and neutrality of our machinic backdrop, engaging with its performativity, and destabilizing the centrality of human sense making and embodiment with algorithmic and virtual performing bodies.

Networked Actor Theory playfully evokes Actor-Network Theory (the material-semiotic toolkit developed by Michael Callon, Bruno Latour, and John Law among others) to draw attention to multiagential entanglements that have the potential to unsettle the figure of the human. Our research day brings together various approaches from the field of artistic research in the Nordic context, aiming to explore the expansion of conceptions and practices of acting, performance, and the stage within theatre and performing arts. Along with critical techno-speculation we invite artistic research projects and proposals that share an interest in performing bodies as complex, networked, and political assemblages, which extend beyond the human as a distinct, sovereign figure.

The performers, speakers and proposals of the day come from sound artist and professor of Sound Design Jari Kauppinen, playwriter, dramaturg Otso Huopaniemi, theatre director, philosopher Esa Kirkkopelto, visual artist, film director Henna Riikka Halonen, Zimbabwean-Swedish stage artist Stacey Sacks, French-Basque metteur en scène Vincent Roumagnac and actor, performance maker Outi Condit.

The research day is open to the public.

PROGRAMME (preliminary):

10 – 10.20 Simo Kellokumpu, Outi Condit: Introduction #CHARPed
10.30 – 11.15 Jari Kauppinen: towards the phonic, the non-assembled ensemble
11.30 - 12.15 Otso Huopaniemi: As of yet Unrealized Mind Machine
12.30 – 13.20 lunch
13.30 – 14.15 Esa Kirkkopelto: Virtual and Virtualization
14.30 – 15.15 Henna-Riikka Halonen: Placeholder, The Gold Bug and other stories
15.30 – 16.15 Stacey Sacks: SATYRIC BODIES : fleshy cartoons in dialogue with the not yet and the already dead
16.30 – 17.00 Vincent Roumagnac: The Backdrop and its Double (screening)
17 – 17.20 coffee break
17.30 – 18.30 Outi Condit: REMOTE CONTROL HUMAN . . . MACHINE
18.45 – 19.30 discussion

Place: Maijansali, Helsinki Central Library
Language: English

The event is free of charge: the event has 70 places, no pre-registration or booking
In case the event is full, the organizers need to limit the entrance to the space.