“THE HOST” is a performative video installation, a digital body essay, a trip into the belly of the pregnant monster. Based on a docufictional journal this work bears witness to a process of mutation and transformation of body and identity. Anna Fries mutate and transform, posing questions of becoming and of difference. Exploring practices of vlogging and camming they aim to create a non-normative digital space for a community in which the pregnant body is deromanticised and defeminized. For THE HOST Anna Fries collaborate with sound artist Malu Peeters, who researches and composes monstrous sounds. Together with media artist Ambrus Ivanyos they are building a virtual world using the game engine Unity. During the online residency at dgtl fmnsm they will show a first work in progress version of THE HOST.
Website Take Over
Online Residency Program 2020
Since 2016, the collective dgtl fmnsm has been using online and offline formats to address the virtual potentials that lie in the contemporary performing arts and imagine what a theatre of the future might look like in digitalised societies. Following the thematic focus on “Intimacy”, dgtl fmnsm recently focused on the thematic complex “Disconnect” with an immersive installation in HELLERAU and an online festival at Hebbel am Ufer Berlin (HAU), albeit without being able to foresee how (sur-)real these specific questions would become in 2020 in light of the Covid-19 pandemic.
The thematic cycle “Disconnect” will conclude with a one-month online residency programme at www.digitalfeminism.net. From June 26th to July 23th 2020, artists and networks from various fields are invited to a one-week website takeover.
Things will be kicked off by Swiss performance artist Anna Fries, who is inviting us into the stomach of the pregnant monster with her digital body essay “The Host”. In the engaging multi-dimensional video installation, which is presented for the first time in the context of the residency, the audience can dive deep into questions of becoming, change and deviation as well as the mutation and transformation of body, identity and gender.
Linh Luu and Marvin Lalihatu are Animistic Beliefs, a DJ- and producer duo for futuristic clubsounds from Rotterdam. Together with new media artist Jeisson Drenth, they will work on the expressive worlds of the audio-visual work “CACHE/SPIRIT” in their residency, in which Animistic Beliefs otherworldly sounds are combined with Drenth’s unique visual language of techno-spirituality.
With Feminist Institutions, a whole network is coming into residence from Prague. Each day, a different institution or group will address their views on what it means to build a feminist organisation / structure and at the same time counter the art world’s obsession with individualism and competition
The dgtl fmnsm online residency programme will be concluded by French rapper, producer, DJ and curator Moesha 13. Recently unanimously voted Artist of the Year 2020 by the SHAPE platform, she creates unique experimental soundscapes with her mix of French hip-hop, hardcore and reggaetón. Her artistic work is characterized by activism and performance, decolonial and feminist practices. As part of her first residency, Moesha 13 will present a new work!
The Online Residency Programme of dgtl fmnsm is run in cooperation with HELLERAU European Centre for the Arts and the SHAPE platform. And made possible through co-financing by the European Union, the German-Czech Future Fund and the City of Dresden.
26.06. – 02.07. Anna Fries