09 MAY, 18:30 – 19:30, Lecture – performance

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Eranda Studio at the Photographers’ Gallery

bbBbddDdyYyy_ssssss_a_cCccCAAaGGgee will explore the influences of social media upon our everyday communications and self-identities. Interweaving slides, speech, video clips and music, Max Grau will unfold a series of interactions with his ‘avatar’, inhabited on Snapchat.

What types of experience does the digital presentation of art offer to the audience? Can a ‘one-on-one’ relationship between a viewer and an art piece, streamed to a digital device, be described as more ‘intimate’ than the collective experience of a live performance? These questions will be linked to a broader examination of the way virtuality – mostly in the form of social media – has shaped the everyday experience that frames the way we think about, talk about, produce and encounter art. The form of this performance incorporates both the immediacy, improvisation and awkwardness of live performances; and the technique of digital image making such as image editing, filtering, photoshopping. Going beyond a critique of social media, Max aims to identify a potential space for art creation confronting with the blurred boundary between our life on social media and in ‘real’ conditions.

* This event is free, but requires booking