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The digital 1.5 project is a series of five staging events that explore touch. Each event is an independent attempt to haptically read the world with a digital understanding of the physicality and the practice of mutual closeness and the coexistence of objects to which viewers are invited. The selected group of bodies establishes contact with other bodies in space – with the bodies of performers, the body of space, the sonic body, and the bodies of technological objects. The latter is an increasingly important interface for our entry into the world. By using them, the digital 1.5 questions the mediatization of closeness and intimacy, and by applying the solid digital logic of devices and their software to the soft organic bodies of people, it speculates about man, who is not only a source of information, but also a device for processing and storing data.

The touch in the digital 1.5 is a way of communicating and a means of encountering the other; it is a digitized data and a transmission medium at the same time. The project builds on the idea of ​​the medium as given by Y. Citton in his book The Ecology of Attention. The author describes the media as diffuse ecosystems that not only represent reality, but they actively form it. Thus, an ‘infrastructure of resonances that condition our attention’ is formed according to the ideas that ‘surround and fulfil us’. In this respect, thedigital 1.5 is not in search of a loud staging gesture, but it wants to provide a space of visibility or, in Citton's language, an environment of reasoning for increasingly marginalized and, at the time of the pandemic, transgressive practices of mutual closeness and touching.

digital 1.5.3
Art direction: Jan Rozman
Performers: Leon Marič, Jan Rozman, Mojca Sovdat
Music: Luka Seliškar
Costume design: Tanja Pađan / Kiss the Future
Video documentation: Juš Jeraj
Photography: Nada Žgank
Executive producer: Brigita Gračner
Kino Šiška, 27.9.2021

digital 1.5.2
Art direction: Jan Rozman
Performers: Maja Kalafatić, Leon Marič
Music: Luka Seliškar
Costume design: Tanja Pađan / Kiss the Future
Video documentation: Juš Jeraj
Photo: Marijo Župan
Executive producer: Brigita Gračner

25. 6. 2021, Tivoli, Ljubljana


digital 1.5.1
study / installation
Art direction: Jan Rozman
Performers: Beno Novak, Julija Pečnikar, Jan Rozman, Liza Šimenc
Music: Luka Seliškar
Costume design: Tanja Pađan / Kiss the Future
Video documentation: Juš Jeraj
Photo: Marijo Župan
Executive producer: Brigita Gračner

31. 5. 2021, Fotopub, Ljubljana

26.1.2020

Ventilator #1: Sorry - Anita Wach, Grega Zorc, Andrej Fon

Two performers hang, bite, hook, hug, grab, and suck each other. Parasitize and apologize. They form inseparable coexistence in which each move becomes an element of infinite chain of intentions and reactions.

Sorry is structured research on relationship between body and meaning in the form of open space and timing.

The performance is inspired by book ‘Parasite’ by French philosopher Michel Serres and his thesis that the only possible relation is that of parasitic nature. Parasite. The one who eats from the table of the other, who exploits, uses, abuses, occupies, devastates. Who hooks up, breaks in, hangs on, bite into. The one, who is giving nothing in return, has nothing to offer, doesn’t create anything, doesn’t share anything, doesn’t support anybody, and never sacrifices for anyone.

We live in times of brutal celebration of power, time of loans, debts, frauds, subordination, manipulation and mutual dependency. It’s hard to detect parasite, we point the finger at each other, we accuse intruders, defend our integrity, we constantly bite and apologize each other … What if there is no other real relation except one-way relation, what if parasitism is the very basis and even a condition for any relation to take place?

For Serres, parasitism is the central ‘fact’ of existence for any living being. Parasitic relation is a form of inseparable and undemocratic coexistence, mutual entanglement creates closed loop, each move becomes an element of infinite chain of intentions and reactions. Parasitism is a surviving strategy. Parasite refuse violence, it lives in harmony as long as the host stays alive and can be consumed. Parasitic freedom is immovability, hibernation, total subordination. Parasite is free as long its host (partner, family, city, country, continent, earth …) can move and breath.

Creators
Performed by: Anita Wach, Grega Zorc, Andrej Fon
Conceived and devised by Anita Wach and Grega Zorc
Performing concept and artistic direction: Bojan Jablanovec
Sound: Andrej Fon
Production: Via Negativa and Zavod Sploh
Co-production: Body/Mind Festival, Warsaw

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