[-empyre-] Welcome to July: Bodies and Voices

Daniel Lichtman danielp73 at gmail.com
Wed Jul 4 03:13:23 AEST 2018

 Welcome to July, 2018 on on –empyre- soft-skinned space:

Bodies and Voices: an exploration of how multiplicities of body and voice
produce narrative in video and media art / an exploration of how
multiplicities of body and voice produce narrative on the empyre listserve

Organized by Daniel Lichtman. ‘Moderated’ by Helena Haimes, Daniel
Lichtman, Robert Rapoport, Lee Tusman, Xin Xin (biographies below).

Artists will include: Johann Arens, Asta Groting, Maia Conran, Hans
Diernberger, Jessica Tsang,  Beth Collar, Kerry Downy, William Santen, Matt
Freedman, Benjamin Orlow, Ciaran O Dochartaigh, Eoghan Ryan, Laura
Morrison, and more TBA. (biographies will be included with the artists’

All empyre subscribers are invited to participate! Please contribute as
moderators, artists or both! (see below for details)

Welcome to the July ‘discussion’. For this month I am planning to shake up
the format of weekly guest-led conversation. I have been thinking about how
the listserve functions in relation to the idea of narration and the idea
of multiple voices and bodies. On the one hand, empyre is a network of many
people who contribute to an open-ended conversation, and on the other, it’s
also an archival knowledge-base about media and art. I have long been
interested in the use of multiplicities of body and voice in art, and how
it brings up questions of narration such as: what makes up a narrator, how
does narration work, and how does it link (or hold apart) bodies and voices
form each other? So for this project I am considering the multiple and
distributed forms of voice on empyre itself as a starting point for the
month’s program.

I have asked a number of artists to provide the list with a video link (or
documentation of a project) that, very broadly, generates narrative through
the use of multiple, overlapping bodies and voices. Several times each week
I will post such a link to empyre. 5 or so invited moderators will write a
number of fragmentary responses that investigate how how each submitted
work relates to the theme. These responses will be succinct thoughts in
bullet-point form, somewhat like the kind of thoughts that might be shared
during a studio visit or art-school seminar. I have invited the moderators
in part because of their diverse approaches to these questions.

Also, importantly!: I invite members of the empyre community to
participate, both as artists and as moderators! Please feel free to post
links to any of your own artworks that relate to the theme, and please feel
free to respond with your own bullet-point thoughts and reflections. The
more the better! (Please reach out to me directly if you need help sharing
a video online)

Using this experimental format, the project aims to create a new relation
between the language used on the list, the artworks cited in conversation,
the list’s archive, and the list participants. Hopefully discussion about
voices, bodies and narrative in relation to the artworks will feedback into
thinking about how the list itself functions.

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Biographies of the ‘moderators’:

Helena Haimes

Helena Haimes is a London-based writer and curator. Her writing focuses on
the impact of gentrification and technology on creative practices, and she
has contributed essays and reviews to artist-led publications in Europe and
the US including: Temporary Art Review; Garageland Magazine; Objectiv
Journal; MAP Magazine and Doggerland Journal. In 2016, she co-ran the NYC
project space The Third Policeman with artist Sinead Breslin. Helena has
participated as a guest jury member for graduate work at the Architectural
Association School of Architecture in London, and selected the shortlist
for the Stuart Croft Foundation's Curatorial and Special Projects Award in

Robert Rapoport

Robert Rapoport’s practice looks at the relationship between moving image
editing and socialization.  His dissertation at the University of Oxford
focused larger cultural shifts brought on by computer vision. He is
currently a visiting lecture in Digital Media at the University of
Lüneburg, Germany.

He has taught both theory and practice of cinema in a number of contexts.
More information at www.iterativeframe.com

Lee Tusman

Lee Tusman is an artist, coder, and curator interested in the application
of the radical ethos of collectives and DIY culture to the creation of,
aesthetics, and open-source distribution methods of digital culture. He
creates interactive media, artwork, software, bots, websites, virtual
assistants, games, sound and radio stations alone and in collaboration.
Areas of research and work include: decentralized networks, infrastructure
for online collaborative artmaking, generative processes, sonification of
data, alternative interfaces and performance tools, bots and digital

Tusman has presented exhibitions and projects at universities, galleries,
institutions, and alternative spaces including The Barnes Foundation; The
Hammer Museum; Riverside Art Museum; Babycastles; California State
University, Northridge; University of California, Riverside; Pew Center For
Arts and Heritage - New Spaces/New Formats; Space 1026; Little Berlin;
Hidden City; and many others, and has been interviewed by The New York
Times, Al Jazeera, NPR, LA Times, NBC, Metro, CBS, Technically, AQNB, The
Philadelphia Inquirer, The Wire, and The Smithsonian.

He studied at Brandeis University and received his MFA at UCLA in Design
Media Arts. He is a mentor for the Processing Foundation.

Xin Xin

Xin Xin is an artist and journalist questioning the relationship between
agency and technology through video, web, and community projects. Xin
co-founded The School of Otherness which seeks to empower marginalized
identities through storytelling, forums, and workshops that process
experiences of the other. They initiated voidLab, an intersectional
feminist collective exploring art, technology, and society. Their work has
been exhibited at Ars Electronica, the Hammer Museum, Gene Siskel Film
Center, and Machine Project. Xin holds a M.F.A from UCLA Design Media Arts.
They have given numerous talks at universities, and currently teach web and
video at UCLA and Loyola Marymount University.
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