Well, well, well... Katy and I are SO happy to announce ourselves as part of The National Theatre of Scotland's Starter for 10 programme. This award will give us the support to continue the development of our first performance as a collaboration, Technophile. We had an absolutely brilliant time sharing our initial thoughts back in July 2016 as part of scratch nights at The Tron and Anatomy at Summerhall. (You can read more about what the project is about here).
We're going to start this second developmental phase in February 2017 at the brand new and shiny NTS Rockvilla HQ. We're going to expand on our initial ideas about intimacy and technology, originally we were mainly concerned with exploring the physical intimacy between us and our own technical devices. We're going to interrogate this further but also spread the enquiry wider to explore notions of private and public within a digital globalised age. We worked damn hard to specify this interest in our application, so I'll let the PUBLIC SERVICE ANNOUNCEMENT from the past explain this new direction in a clearer way.
As two women we want to question what the future of intimacy is in an age of globalisation. With our intimate, private and personal details becoming personal data, who are we really getting intimate with behind our screens? What do they know about us? And who are they selling it to? We are interested in finding out what happens when our personalities become commodities to be bought and sold, and when a human being becomes data. We will continue to develop our theatrical language of synchronised extravagant choreography, spoken text and risk-taking actions using of our own, beloved technical devices. We’ll try really hard not to drop them.
For this development we want to collaborate with an AV specialist to create a technical presence that is inherent to the piece, as a mirror to contemporary life where we are dependant on screens and their ever present nature. We’re interested in live feed, projection, social media, audience interaction, and (dis)connection between the performed live and mediated action. We’re excited by what new insights and angles a technological gaze can offer the audience and how we can push that in our enquiry into intimacy in our technical age.
We feel that this idea has an urgency that is important to address at this present moment. Both of us have become digital addicts over the past 10 years. In an age where 2 billion people are active in social media globally, and where in Britain 76% of adults own a smartphone, we are at a crossing point in society - from the analogue to digital age. We are caught between two different worlds, one where technology is full of possibility and opportunity, and one where it is an alienating and divisive. We hold our phones more often than we hold hands.
As two women in our twenties we are aware that technology has irrevocably changed our lives. We are passionate about this idea because we want to understand more about the implications of being digitally active. We’ve been discussing where our personal information we put online goes and we actually don’t know the answer. This is an age where we feel ever distant to the people around us but are dangerously close to global corporations and their surveillance of our lives. From snooping phones listening in to conversations between us and our loved ones to cookies following our every move online, our private information becomes public domain. When something as innocent as your birthday becomes a commoditised piece of data, what does this mean for the future of our private lives and sense of intimacy with one another? How much do we sacrifice for the sake of convenience? We are passionate about fighting against the commodification of personhood in the digital age, and see this performance as an opportunity for a wake up call into how tenderly we are holding our technology.
Now with all that information you won't need to come see the performance now... JOKING. Please come and support us when the time comes. I also recommend checking out all the other brilliant artists that are the Starter for 10 cohort, we all went to dinner together and chatted about our projects- all seem so exciting and everyone is really nice! Great combination. You can read about them here.
Thanks! Big love,