Presents // Presence
Lembranša (Rea Dennis & Magda Miranda)

Rea Dennis performance artist and Lecturer, School of Communication and Creative Arts, Deakin University, Australia.
Magda Miranda, performer and visual artist with background in dance, drama and improvisation.

Keywords: time, performance, perception, screen, autobiography, presence



[video — runtime: 7:34]

Abstract

Of giving and receiving // Of giving and taking // Of exchanges
Reciprocity // Mutuality // Expectations

A performance of liveness in which the presence of the performer is interrogated.

Drawing on Dan Graham's (1974) Two Consciousness Project, Presents//Presence plays on Object = Space relationships. Engaging with contemporary notions of thinking and consciousness, the performance plays with time - the here and now, the passage of time, time zones, and timing.

Lovers. An anniversary. Fine Dining. Distance. Skype.

Presents disrupt subject positions of audience, of performer; something happens while we are waiting for something else to happen. Through the use portable computers and hand-held (smart) devices for the capture and 'projection' of action in real time, the exploration sets out to engage with notions live and remote, absence and presence, the play of embodied transmission and live performance and the perception of absence.


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Lembrança UK is Rea Dennis (an Australian) and Magda Miranda (a Brazilian); established in 2007 the company make live performance from shards of memory and autobiographical fragments.

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