Ex­er­cises in Re­mote In­ti­macy (or, “When Web-Cast­ing is Cy­ber­for­mance”)

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  • Intimate TV: Webcamming & Social Life-logging In the Surveillant-Sousveillant Space

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  • Ex­er­cises in Re­mote In­ti­macy (or, “When Web-Cast­ing is Cy­ber­for­mance”)

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  • Panel:  Intimate TV: Webcamming & Social Life-logging In the Surveillant-Sousveillant Space

    A  year ago, I wrote a blog post en­ti­tled “why web-cast­ing is not cy­ber­for­mance”, in­spired by a num­ber of pro­pos­als to the Up­Stage fes­ti­val that as­sumed this was a plat­form for web-cast­ing. I ar­gued that, in its sim­plest form, web-cast­ing uses the in­ter­net as a broad­cast medium, to make some­thing that ex­ists of­fline ac­ces­si­ble to a wider au­di­ence; whereas with cy­ber­for­mance, the site of the per­for­mance is the in­ter­net, the per­for­mance is sig­nif­i­cantly shaped by this, and does not exist with­out the in­ter­net. In this paper I will fur­ther ex­plore these ideas by dis­cussing ex­am­ples from my own cy­ber­for­mance work that in­clude web-cast el­e­ments. In par­tic­u­lar I will ad­dress ques­tions posed by this panel re­lat­ing to the sep­a­ra­tion of per­for­mance art from the per­for­ma­tive stream of daily lives, and the aes­thet­ics and spec­ta­to­r­ial po­si­tions that in­form net­worked per­for­mance prac­tices.

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