Performance systems: making vs. exploiting
Garrett Lynch (chair, introductory statement and transcription)

Networked artist and Senior Lecturer, University of South Wales.

Keywords: performance, systems, artistic research, technology, audience, experimental

Introductory statement

On the second and final day of the conference Remote Encounters: Connecting Bodies, Collapsing Spaces and Temporal Ubiquity in Networked Performance proceedings closed with a roundtable discussion entitled Performance Systems: Making vs. Exploiting. The purpose of the roundtable was to explore performance systems used by artists and to compare/contrast strategies of making custom technologies vs. exploiting or hacking pre-existing technologies. The roundtable members were largely gathered from the second half of the conference which placed a thematic emphasis on systems in networked performance art. Members consisted of three speakers; Marc Garrett (MG), Erik Geelhoed (EG) and Ian Biscoe (IB), and two performers; Prof. Dr. Stahl Stenslie (SS) and Paula Crutchlow (PC) who each researched or worked with a number of diverse systems, techniques, media and approaches. The roundtable was chaired by Garrett Lynch (GL). Additional contributions were made by conference speakers or performers in attendance and members of the public. These included; Annie Abrahams (AA), Elena Perez (EP), Elif Ayitar (EA), Kate Genevieve (KG) and Matthew Jarvis (MJ).

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Garrett Lynch (IRL) is an artist, lecturer, curator and theorist. His work deals with networks (in their most open sense) within an artistic context; the spaces between artist, artworks and audience as a means, site and context for artistic initiation, creation and discourse. Garrett is currently Senior Lecturer in New Media at the Faculty of Creative Industries, University of South Wales.

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