what are we?
when are we? where are we?
- verify if record is on
we is what?
Distant Feeling(s) is an online performance series where Daniel Pinheiro in Porto, Annie Abrahams in Montpellier and Lisa Parra in New York experiment “distanced feeling” in an interface that normally is used for videoconferencing. They join in an online séance trying to experience the others presence with their eyes closed and no talking.
Together they try to grasp if and how energy flows between bodies in an online performance where physical presence is absent.
Related to a discussion initiated by Annie Abrahams in August 2015:
Distant Feeling(s) 17min35 Edited video available for projection, installation, exhibition.
Annie Abrahams, artist and performer, investigates the possibilities and limits of communication under networked conditions. She is known worldwide for her netart and collective writing experiments and is an internationally regarded pioneer of networked performance art. bram.org
Lisa Parra is a choreographer and performer. Her works have been presented in New York at Movement Research, Center for Performance Research, Queens Museum, Glasshouse Project, LUMEN Festival, Triskelion Arts Center, and internationally in Portugal, Spain and Mexico. lanaisnotwool.tumblr.com/
Daniel Pinheiro, performer and visual artist based in Porto, Portugal has been developing work in the field of Telematic Art mostly as a resource to discuss and reflect upon the impact of technology on everyday life. daniel-pinheiro.tumblr.com/
DistantFeeling(s) has evolved in an online ritual of contemplation on our situation of being together while being separated.
To host the 2019 Distant Feeling(s) #7 session in real space you need a good internet connexion, a computer and a video projector with sound. The projection has to be done on a wall and should be at least three meters large. Sound speakers should be on.
DistantFeeling(s) creates online communality while resisting the speed of daily live and producing uninteresting data for AI robots.
Distant FeelingS #6
Thursday 26/09 18h30, Video Vortex, Valletta, Malta.
Distant Feelings satelite.
17th of Mai 2019 An early morning session with the 14 participants of the Cie In Vitro Lab (Écrans).
Distant FeelingS #5
Wednesday December 19th 2018, 9-9:15AM EST (New York time) / 3-3:15PM GMT+1 (Paris time)
Distant Feeling(s) #5, fifth session in a series of online webcam meetings trying to experience each other’s presence eyes closed and no talking.
Distant Feeling(s) #5, the second of a livelong yearly reconnection.
Short reactions of some participants :
Three different perspectives on the same event. The first accentuates the moment of the discovery of the community, the diversity of it's participants. The second stresses the duration and the becoming one (group) in the event, and the third allows an intimate and quiet portrait of the individual experience.
Distant FeelingS #4
Friday December 1st 2017, 7.30 - 7.45pm Paris time..
Distant Feeling(s) #4, fourth session in a series of online webcam meetings trying to experience each other’s presence eyes closed and no talking.
Distant Feeling(s) #4, the first of a livelong yearly reconnection.
Daniel Pinheiro wrote after this sťance:
Distant FeelingS #3
Thursday 24 Nov. 2016
VisionS in the Nunnery Programme Launch
Lisa Parra in New York, USA,
How does it feel to share an interface with eyes closed and no talking?
Anyone could participate in this digital mindfulness experiment.
I was waiting for silence to fall, after the chatter. when it occured, there was no embrace. but a faint sensation of sharing a silent small reprieve, over the constant noise and anger of the world, but an alonesilence as one could not see the others. it is the strangest experience, to be alonesilentblind with assumed others somewhere out there. Johannes Birringer
Like your work The Kiss, or Paul Sermon's telematic pieces, the sensation of intimacy is never "real," it is based on the willingness to believe and to allow closeness to become "real" despite separation. For those who participated in this experiment, it was exactly that: the willingness to suspend one's belief in the knowledge of the virtual proximity and connectiveness of the others. It is that knowledge that can can be convincing enough to suspend disbelief and thus be silently wrapped in the telematic embrace. This work is a great model for how we might conduct ourselves on the Internet. Randall Packer
hanging out with friends... Nicolaas Schmidt
liminal space – pure motion – an intimate regard – a field of light – dissolved, destabilized – an altered state – a telematic embrace – a silent small reprieve – hanging out with friends – machines conversing across the network only when the noisy humans finally shut up - an organic acceptance of silence?
Daniel Pinheiro in Porto, Annie Abrahams in Montpellier and Lisa Parra in New York spend 15 min of distanced feeling together. 4 March 2016.
Meeting Lisa and Daniel.
“I did cry.
“It made me think of meeting strangers inside an elevator that gets stucked. Where my mind traveled many places trying to understand where was I in relation to these other two persons. Were they there still?! The urge to open my eyes was suddenly erased by the warmth of the sun in my face… here… and back to them … there.
it constantly made me feel that I was there because they were also there, suddenly instead of facing them it was about these three silent bodies “looking” at something else.
the intimate space of silence is awkward. the absence of time and space is endless and infinite” - Daniel Pinheiro
Distant Feeling(s) #2
Lisa Parra in Los Angeles USA
The encounter was livestreamed directly to reSense #1
When meeting online we face a lack of references that usually define the perception of ‘being’ somewhere at a given time. This object aims at discussing, within the possibilities of networked performance, the mediation itself by removing the fundamental sense that allows connectedness to happen. In a mainly visual rationalized culture we question the following: what are we then left with?
With a sense of proximity ? Intentions of provoking a telematic coordination of movements diluted into a journey of each individual approach on experiencing a shared moment in time? What time?