AM – lecture – Erica Scourti

EKV Autonomy Lecture Programme


Guest: Erica Scourti
Negative Docs Performance
& Podium Discussion with Sebastian Olma and Philippine Hoegen

Monday 31 October
15.00 – 17.00 hrs, AKV|St.Joost Auditorium in Breda
A lecture for all interested students from AKV|St.Joost, CMD ACUE and CMD AI&I (BA and MA) and others interested in Performance

At this event, artist Erica Scourti will present her performance piece “Negative Docs”. The performance will be followed by a conversation focusing on Scourti’s ongoing research into life, gender, and labour in fully-mediated world, drawing on her recent projects like Empathy Deck- a ‘twitterbot with feelings’ that responds to its followers tweets with unique cards drawn from her diaries and self-help texts- and Personal Proxies, which imagines the artist replaced by both human and digital assistants.  Scourti is widely known for her investigations into the automation of empathy and care and the rise of proxy selves in the context of an artistic practice that draws heavily from- and often has direct effects on- biographical experience. Drawing links to older projects like The Outage, a ghostwritten memoir drawn entirely from her digital footprint and online presence, Scourti will discuss the ‘profilisation’ of the self and its potential subversion through strategies of gaming, mimicry and fictionalising.

Erica Scourti was born in Athens and is now based in London and Athens. Drawing on personal experience to explore life, labour, and gender in a fully mediated, networked world, her work in performance, text and video has been shown internationally at spaces like Microscope Gallery, New York, The Photographers’ Gallery, London, Munich Kunstverein, EMST Athens, and South London Gallery. Her current commission for Bedlam: The Asylum and Beyond at the Wellcome Collection is on view til January 2017 (and online @empathydeck).

Tuesday 1 November
Masterclass Technologies of Performance
(for invited students, teachers and participants only)
in the Chapel of AKV|St.Joost, Breda

Following a brief overview of Scourti’s work and methods, and allowing for questions and discussion, the workshop will introduce ways of working with students’ own personal, digitally-generated or stored archives and profiles. Employing methods like voice transcription, text-generation methods and simple image-making, these short activities will give a taster into lo-fi ways of working with performance, technology and text and allow for discussion around the issues that these methods and themes present.

Inivited students are also asked to bring a piece of work or a question they may have relating to their research that resonates with the themes outlined, to share for discussion and feedback.