Kitsch Doom and Bettina Saroyan cordially invite you into their fictional digital realities through an epic virtual conversation! They will be joined by Áine Phillips, a visual artist and academic based in Galway. Áine works in live performance, video and sculptural installation. (ainephillips.com)
Kitsch and Bettina are residing in Wexford, Ireland and Saumur, France, during their final year of an MFA at NCAD. Digital Diary is a performative response and demand to continue their performance-based practices through the pandemic, however possible. Low-fi devices like phones, social media or virtual realities are very present in their installations for this reason.
Kitsch and Bettina are interested in how our growing relationship with technology changes how we perceive the world and ourselves. As a result of this ever-increasing relationship, they believe humanity is currently in a state of evolution, for the worse or better. Underlining our growing dependence towards ‘the network’ and populated by colourful characters and delirious beings. The two artists have joined forces to navigate and explore the online self by performing through various social media platforms. They both perform as self-made characters through humour, improvisation and Method acting techniques.
Torn between traditions, like familial and social expectations, and drifting toward dematerialisation and the promises of technical advancements (transhumanism and posthumanism). Digital Diary is a dialogue that nurtures their art practice but also highlights the way they conceive our era. For them, traditions and technology are not opposed but complementary, helping us appropriate our own stories and identities.
Join us live on the 30th of April at 7.30pm on their Youtube channel https://tinyurl.com/ywr4apjf
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