Remote
Encounters:

Connecting
bodies,
collapsing
spaces
and
temporal
ubiquity
in
networked
performance

Remote Encounters: Connecting bodies, collapsing spaces and temporal ubiquity in networked performance was a two-day international conference with performance evening organized and chaired by Garrett Lynch at the University of South Wales on the 11th and 12th of April 2013.

The purpose of the conference was two-fold. For those who attended it explored networks as a means to create or enhance performance. It investigated how networks as a site for performance provide opportunities for artists to collaborate remotely, merge geographically separate places, reconfiguring the space of performance and the relationship between artist and audience. For the artist the purpose of the conference however was as a networking event functioning as a behavioral environment that facilitated social interaction.

It provided an event-based opportunity to create a temporary network of proximal, ‘real’ and ‘virtual’, activity by linking networked performance researchers. While the subject of the conference addressed networked performance, as an artwork it was a network performed. It facilitated an exploration of practice dematerialized to a situation (Lippard, 1997; Bourriaud, 2002) and was therefore distinct from the artist's typical practice that treated dematerialization as a 'virtual' or digital strategy. As a consequence, processes involved in the artworks conception shifted from actions of producing to actions of arranging, linking and appropriation.

The conference drew attendees from England, France, Spain, Germany, Switzerland, Holland, Denmark, Turkey, United States and Brazil. Artists performing in Wales performed with artists and audience in England, France, Belgium, Italy, Singapore and the United States. Papers presented led to subsequent collaborations between attendees and in particular the publication of an edition of the performance studies journal Liminalities.