Third Year PhD Milestone complete

Entering the final stretch of my practice-based PhD at Digital Ethnography Research Center RMIT. Presentation to outside assessor occurred on 5 July 2021, no revisions required.

Next steps;
– Revise and rewrite chapters on public performance works ‘4500 Lumens’, ‘Audience / Performer / Lens (after Dan Graham)’, ‘Becoming The Icon’
– Write concluding chapter and refine introduction chapter
– Confirm public screening and talk in late 2021 at ACMI Cinemas

Print Screen, a new podcast and event for the National Gallery of Victoria

I am producing a series of podcast interviews and a live weekend of events for Melbourne Art Book Fair, Melbourne Design Week commissioned by the National Gallery of Victoria. Full event program below, the live event will be streamed via NGV website.
https://www.ngv.vic.gov.au/program/event-print-screen-new-publishing-now/

Podcast audio production by Carl Anderson, Graphic Design by Lauren Messina

Melbourne artist Emile Zile hosts a podcast series and live event for Melbourne Art Book Fair and Melbourne Design Week at the NGV.

Looking at the state of alternate publishing and new forms of distribution, PRINT SCREEN will host discussions on the widespread disruption of traditional media channels and the accelerating digitisation of shared cultural consumption. Via podcast and live forum PRINT SCREEN will open up a vital discussion on the new waves of publishing and promotion that are located in simultaneously public and private realms.

What are the possibilities for new forums of cultural dispersion? Is there any escape from software after Covid? Where is the new gatekeeper? Who is making new claims? Is this moment of destabilisation a significant opportunity to reimagine publishing?




Saturday 27 March – Great Hall, NGV International

12-1.15pm
Newsletter DJ (Tiesto) LG Hill
Christopher LG Hill plays his newsletter live and direct, chopping download links and slinging .zip archives. Taking his esoteric and wide-ranging email newsletter as a starting point, Melbourne artist, publisher and musician LG Hill flips the great (dance)hall on its ear for Melbourne Art Book Fair.
Listen to Emile Zile interview Chris at Print Screen podcast.
https://disclaimer.org.au/contents/one-year-of-a-link-based-email-newsletter
https://printscreen.simplecast.com/episodes/christopher-lg-hill

1.30-2.45pm
NFT fireside chat with Joe Hamilton and Nic Hamilton
Digital Artists Joe Hamilton and Nic Hamilton talk about their individual video practices and the newest category of commercial art, the NFT. Join us for a jargon-free primer for those curious about all that is non-fungible.
Followed by audience Q+A
https://foundation.app/joehamilton/hyper-geography-7426
https://www.nichamilton.info/collection

Sunday 28 March – Great Hall, NGV International

12-1.15pm
Digital Self-Publishing with Amelia Winata, Diego Ramirez and Anador Walsh
Art Criticism is migrating online, join leading local writers and editors to discuss digital art criticism, self-publishing and the challenges and limitations of being very online.
With Amelia Winata of MeMO review, Anador Walsh of Performance Review, Diego Ramirez of Running Dog
Followed by audience Q+A
https://memoreview.net/
https://www.performancereview.online/
https://rundog.art/

1.30-2.45pm
Static Bodies, Networked Bodies with Shian Law, Lilian Steiner, Harrison Hall and Sam Mcgilp
During COVID-19 dancers found new ways to move. How did dancers and choreographers publicise and distribute themselves under pandemic conditions? What was learnt in the great pivot to digital, what is to be kept? What is to be left in 2020?
Followed by audience Q+A
With Shian Law, Lilian Steiner. Harrison Hall and Sam Mcgilp
https://www.ngv.vic.gov.au/melbournenow/artists/shian-law.html
https://harrisonhall.com.au/
https://www.sammcgilp.com/
http://www.liliansteiner.com/

4500 Lumens, NGV Triennial EXTRA Performance

4500 lumens
Emile Zile

Continuing with his ongoing interest in light as a carrier of information, be it the projected image, shadow play or expanded cinema performance, Emile Zile presents a new performance in the Gothic and Medieval galleries of NGV International for Triennial EXTRA. Referencing the scientific measurement of light and the once-new technology of the candle as a participant in the development of the Western artistic tradition, his new performance takes place in a subdued, dark environment surrounded by five hundred year old devotional wood carvings.

Emile Zile is an artist, filmmaker and performer. Utilising a darkly comical re-use of media broadcasts, communication protocols and online platforms, his work reflects a distributed humanity, a yearning for transcendence and the limits of language. Emile Zile is a PhD candidate at Digital Ethnography Research Centre RMIT and is profiled in ‘Australiana to Zeitgeist: an A to Z of Australian Contemporary Art’ 2017 Thames & Hudson and ‘Companion to Mobile Media Art’ 2020 Routledge.

Jan 29, Feb 3, 6, 8, 10, 12
8:00 – 8:20pm
Gallery 13 Level 1

Connection in Times of Isolation

ARTLANDS CONVERSATION SERIES: REGIONAL ARTS AUSTRALIA

What role do we want technology to play in connecting our art practices to the wider world? What skills are artists working in isolated or remote parts of the world equipped with? Can issues such as digital saturation and digital inequality be overcome in order to create a more sustainable future?

Like many regional artists, Kim Goldsmith and Alana Hunt often create work in relatively isolated parts of Australia. In contrast, Jessica Olivieri and Emile Zile both practice in metropolitan areas, but have been no less impacted by the isolation imposed by lockdowns. What can these artists teach each other about isolation and digital connection, and how might this inform our thinking about where to next as arts practitioners?

Online Conversation on 25 Nov 2020
https://conversationseries.artlands.com.au/program/sessions/connection-in-times-of-isolation

AEST: 03:30pm – 04:30pm
ACST: 03:00pm – 04:00pm
AWST: 12:30pm – 01:30pm

Pandemic Playlists

During Plague 2k20 *the big PAUSE* I have been having conversations with Melbourne-based artists, writers and creative operators about their responses to COVID-19 and what media they are consuming while under quarantine, lockdown, isolation and/or temporary hiatus… While our bodies are slowed and our antennas are raised I’ve tried to capture some of the social histories of CV-19.

Subscribe on all major podcast platforms [Apple, Spotify, Google, WWW, RSS]

https://pandemicplaylists.simplecast.com
pandemicplaylists@protomail.com

Sound by Carl Anderson, Graphic by Lauren Messina.
Pandemic Playlists is supported by the City of Melbourne Covid19 Quick Response Art Grants.

Becoming The Icon – Premiere August 19

Becoming The Icon is a film in which the language of power manifests in familiar yet uncanny ways. Echoing the rhythms of political speech and gesture, artists Lilian Steiner and Emile Zile reveal the ways in which truth and conviction are more than abstract concepts, instead finding surprising roots in our embodied experience.

As debate and propaganda, intimidation and manipulation are all played out through posture, stance and gesture, the secret vocabulary of power is made apparent.

Both intimate and distanced, Becoming The Icon invites you into a seductive realm with a hidden agenda.

Becoming The Icon is the feature project of BLEED between 17 August – 30 August. New works and content will be going live throughout the feature dates.

http://www.bleedonline.net

Response to Metahaven exhibition Field Report for RMIT Design Hub

 

REFLECTING ON FIELD REPORT We have been reflecting on Metahaven: Field Report through the words and voices of contributors drawn from across Melbourne’s diverse creative community.

Metahaven: Field Report reflection series: Local Melbourne-based artist, filmmaker and performer Emile Zile recalls his experiences of the exhibition from the perspective of isolation.
Created as a response to Metahaven: Field Report (7 March – 9 May, 2020), exclusively developed for RMIT Design Hub Gallery, RMIT University and presented in collaboration with the National Gallery of Victoria (NGV).

Field Report was conceived and designed by Metahaven, Netherlands.

Guest exhibition curators: Brad Haylock (RMIT) and Megan Patty (NGV).

designhub.rmit.edu.au/exhibitions-programs/metahaven-field-report/

Panel discussion for Bleed at Australian Performing Arts Market 2020

Panel discussion with Amrita Hepi and Angela Goh on the networked body, new intimacies, post-Isolation psychologies and the what it means to make digital art.

https://apam.org.au/event/local-player-arts-house/

Listen to Arts House Artistic Director Emily Sexton in a panel discussion with artists Amrita Hepi, Angela Goh and Emile Zile on new practices that focus on the intersection between live and digital forms, and what this can mean for new partnerships, touring and residency approaches. What is the live experience in a contemporary world where the relationship between on- and offline is totally blurred? How is performance reckoning with the rise of the Golden Age of streaming television? How is the intimacy of watching performance in a dark room with strangers shifting?
BLEED Echo is a public program responding to and ricocheting from the five artist projects and curatorial conversations of BLEED.

My work with Lilian Stiner ‘Becoming The Icon’ will premiere at Bleed in August 2020.
Check bleedonline.net for more info.

Audience/Performer/Lens (after Dan Graham) performance at LIMA Amsterdam

https://www.li-ma.nl/lima/news/unfold-audienceperformermirror

On the 15th of January 2020 LIMA invites Keren Cytter, Jan Robert Leegte and Emile Zile to present their version of Dan Graham’s performance and video work Audience/Performer/Mirror. Reinterpretations by Adad Hannah, Ian Forsyth & Jane Pollard, and Judith Hopf will be exhibited as well.The works together show the possibilities of reinterpretation and give an artistic anthology, and criticism, of the work of Graham. Gabriella Giannachi (researcher & professor of Performance and New Media at the University of Exeter), Annet Dekker (curator & researcher, assistant Professor of Media Studies University of Amsterdam) and Willem van Weelden (curator & researcher, tutor media theory Gerrit Rietveld Academie,) will reflect upon reinterpretation as both an artistic as preservation strategy. Moderated by art historian & dramaturgist Suzanne Sanders.

New light on iconic work
LIMA presents a new edition of UNFOLD, focusing on reinterpretation and Dan Graham’s iconic work Audience/Performer/Mirror, 1977, De Appel, Amsterdam. During this performance, Graham describes his own actions and the reaction of the audience. The work is questioning who or what motivates who to act and respond and is a reflection on time and direct feedback. All of this happens largely through language: Graham’s flow of words is unceasing, and betrays his background in stand-up comedy. The gaze of the camera, in addition to that of Graham and the mirror, plays an important role in this. The work is effective and layered in all its simplicity and has become an iconic work. The analogy that Graham uses in the work, both at the level of technology and that of language and physicality, has invited many artists to make a homage or a new version of the work. What does Audience / Performer / Mirror stand for today? How is the work experienced; which part of the work is still relevant, what needs to be ‘updated’? LIMA invites Jan Robert Leegte and Emile Zile to translate the work to contemporary time and its digital techniques. Keren Cytter is invited to present her subtle feminist critique on the work. UNFOLD: Audience/Performer/Mirror offers the opportunity to think about reinterpretation and provides insight into both their working methods and the lasting (attraction) power of Dan Graham’s work. This core may be somewhere else for every artist, and each new work will highlight a different aspect of the ‘original’.

About UNFOLD
Reinterpretation is a core concept in music, dance and theater. Every re-performance is a translation into a new, often contemporary, context. Re-performing a work based on documentation, a script, memory or score is an essential part of artistic practice. For complex works in the field of media art and digital art, this is not common, but just as urgent. Reinterpretation of media art can contribute to the preservation and better understanding of the work. Since 2016, LIMA has put reinterpretation on the map as an artistic and conservation strategy. In the interdisciplinary and international UNFOLD project contextualizing, documenting, analyzing, understanding, embodiment and transferring digital culture are central. Relevant questions are: What is the core and production method of a work? Which techniques are used in which context? How do we translate this artistic legacy, practice and knowledge to the next generation? How do reflect and learn from different interdisciplinary practises?

 

Programme
5 pm Doors open
5.30 – 6.15 pm Presentation Rietveld Students (*free entrance)
6.30 pm Opening exhibition (in collaboration with De Appel): Dan Graham’s iconic work and documentation material of Audience/Performer/Mirror, 1977 De Appel, Amsterdam. Reinterpretations by Adad Hannah, Performer Audience Remake, 2008; Ian Forsyth & Jane Pollard, Audience Performer Fuck Off, 2009, Judith Hopf, What Do You Look Like / A Crypto Demonic Mystery, 2006. (*free entrance)
6.30 – 9 pm Performances Keren Cytter (Performer/Audience/Mirror, 2012), Miron Galić reenacting Cursor, 2016 in Jan Robert Leegte’s Mirror (2020) and Emile Zile (Performer/Audience/Lens, 2018) + artist talks followed by a panel discussion with: Gabriella Giannachi, Annet Dekker and Willem van Weelden moderated by Suzanne Sanders (*a ticket is required for this part of the program).

Event
UNFOLD: Audience/Performer/Mirror
With works and contributions by Dan Graham, Keren Cytter, Emile Zile, Jan Robert Leegte, Gabriella Giannachi, Annet Dekker, Willem van Weelden, Adad Hannah, Ian Forsyth & Jane Pollard, Judith Hopf and students from the Rietveld Academy.
Wednesday 15 January, 2020
5 pm Doors open
5.30 – 6.15 pm Presentation Rietveld Students (free entrance)
6.30 pm Opening exhibition (free entrance)
6.30 – 9 pm Performances & artist talks Keren Cytter, Jan Robert Leegte and Emile Zile, followed by panel discussion (a ticket is required for this part of the program)
Entrance: € 7,50 / 5,- /Free with Cineville
LIMA/LAB111, Arie Biemondstraat 111, Amsterdam
Language: English
Facebook event

Exhibition
UNFOLD: Audience/Performer/Mirror (in collaboration with De Appel)
With works by Dan Graham, Adad Hannah, Ian Forsyth & Jane Pollard and Judith Hopf.
15 – 22 January 2020
Every day from 12 – 23 pm, entrance is free
LIMA/LAB111, Arie Biemondstraat 111, Amsterdam

Graphic design by Bin Koh.

UNFOLD Audience/Performer/Mirror is supported by De Appel, Rietveld Academie and the Mondrian Fund and is part of the collaborative research project Documenting Digital Art, supported by the Arts & Humanities Research Council.

performance Modern Art Oxford

This Image is No Longer Available is a one-day event presenting a set of artist works, live-streamed performances, screenings and an open talks programme from researchers, artists, curators and visitors to discuss digital space and online presence. It is the culmination of our Activating our Archives project and is supported by the Digital Artist Residency.

Feat. Zarina Muhammad @zrnmhmmd and Akash Chohan, Mishka Henner @mishkahenner, Emile Zile @emilezile, Tom Milnes @tommilnes, Kathryn Eccles (Oxford Internet Institute) @oiioxford, Hermonie Spriggs (UCL Multimedia Anthropology Lab) @ucl_mal, Elliott Burns (Off Site Project) @offsiteproject1989, Digital Artist Residency (DAR), Sunil Shah @sunilphoto and Activating our Archives participants.

[…] 13.00 – 14.00 Live streamed performance from Australia by artist Emile Zile

Saturday, 27 April 2019 from 11:00-16:00