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  • Living ashes: Associated milieus and distributed agencies

Ramirez-Figueroa, Carolina ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0001-8567-2727, Hernan, Luis and Pei-Ying, Lin, 2020, Journal Article, Living ashes: Associated milieus and distributed agencies Performance Research, 25 (3). pp. 25-31. ISSN 1352-8165

Abstract or Description:

We document and reflect on Living Ashes II, a performance with protocells developed as part of the 2016 Click Festival in Helsingør. Protocells are animated by their membrane; they are formed by an alkali solution that is released on a fatty milieu. The chemical variations create an interface at the edges, thickening and weakening the membrane as it pushes the protocell to move along the chemical gradient outside. We use the membrane as a tool to explore the conceptual and technical hurdles we encountered as we attempted to bring the microprocesses of semi-living matter to the mesoscopic bubble of a human audience. As the chemical variations animate the membrane of protocells, we propose to use these difficulties to explore the material and conceptual boundaries the performance animates and temporarily dissolves. We follow an autoethnographic approach to understand the way that membranes influence the way we understand microperformativity, and the challenges faced by performers in working with living systems on stage.

Official URL: https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/13528...
Subjects: Creative Arts and Design > W900 Others in Creative Arts and Design
School or Centre: School of Design
School of Arts & Humanities
Identification Number or DOI: https://doi.org/10.1080/13528165.2020.1807746
Date Deposited: 13 Nov 2020 17:53
Last Modified: 13 Nov 2020 17:53
URI: https://researchonline.rca.ac.uk/id/eprint/4567
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