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The “a Christmas present for you” networking event worked out great! Utrecht Network organised this opportunity for freelancers to receive a present of their own. The Christmas present or “hamper” is something Dutch employees usually get from their boss before the Holidays, as a thank you for the hard work of that year (promoted by a advantageous tax rule). Being their own employer, freelancers miss out.

Those hungry for a box filled with goodies came to Huis aan de Werf to have a chat, some soup and to exchange their home-made present with someone else.

Picture taken by myself.
Picture taken by myself.

Top: my mystery box.
Bottom: Festive surprise in return.

I was spoiled by a poetress/marketing advisor who gave me her box filled with delicious food sprinkled with short, feel-good poems. Thank you so much!

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In 2011 the Performance Studies international conference #17 will take place in Utrecht from 25-29 May. A preview was given during Festival aan de Werf. Title of the upcoming conference will be Camillo 2.0: Technology, Memory, Experience.

Instead of Camillo’s theatre of memory as a wooden construction that makes all existing knowledge accessible, architect Laurent Liefooghe presented his Woonmachine (living machine) installation, glass boxes that made visible miniature households. He explained how after his architecture study, he came into contact with post-structuralism, which lead to an eagerness to play with architecture’s rigid tendency to structure the actions of people inside and outside buildings.

Here are two publications from his hand dealing with Deleuze’s nomad, and with the architectural grid.

Woonmachine will be shown in Huis aan de Werf in Utrecht in October 2010

Other presentations at this preview were:

  • “PSi #15 ‘Shifts’: From Stage to DVD Page.” Presentation by Marin Blazevic (Academy of Drama Arts, University of Zagreb)
  • “Performative Time Travel: The Present Past of Historical Re-enactment.” Lecture performance by Frederik LeRoy (Ghent University)

Logo of Camillo 2.0 - Performance Studies international conference #17.

“On a beach, 8000 kilometres away from here, there is an Internet café…” Sounds like the beginning of a fairy tale, but is much more than that. Besides a story from someone living far away, Life Streaming by Dries Verhoeven lets you experience the distance or closeness between you and the person you are chatting with.

Strange how near and far constantly push and pull and mix with each other:

  • Showing your house from above – protecting your privacy online
  • Talking about your favourite dish – discussing local food customs
  • Text chatting with a stranger far away – talking about personal subjects

  • Seeing your contact in a room – experiencing elements of the interior
  • Pre-recorded footage – live chat

  • Private chat between two people – shared experience with other chatters
  • Secluded internet café seating – sharing your experience with audience

As if they cannot exist without the other.

Impression of Life Streaming. Photo by Zhang Huan.

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