On March 21 2019 I was in Amsterdam to present my performances ‘I follow Yoko and Yoko Follows Me’ 2012 and ‘Audience / Performer / Lens (After Dan Graham)’ 2018 at Transformation Digital Art conference at LIMA Amsterdam. As it was a meeting of media archivists, museum workers, cultural shephards and technologists I spoke specifically around the idea of reinterpretation of historical performance art as a form of preservation, oral history and unrequited commentary. Alongside panelists Anne Marie Duguet (University Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne), Adam Lockhart (University of Dundee) with moderation provided by Serena Cangiano (University of Applied Sciences and Arts of Southern Switzerland).
‘Wearing the Skin Suit: Interpretation and Reperformance of Historical Performance Art’
Transformation Digital Art 2019 LIMA media art platform.
Thanks to Gaby, Manique and all at LIMA. March 21 2019. Photos by Jose Miguel Biscaya.
A 3.5 year practice-based research period to study lens-based performance on video sharing networks, gesture and interface online and the influence of algorithmic cultures on the social body.
The support offered by a Design and Creative Practice ECP scholarship for the duration of the study will greatly support my practical outcomes, including new performance work, large-scale film making projects and exhibitions.
My research blog camerashy.video is now online and serves as a public platform for outcomes related to the PhD.
DERC focuses on understanding a contemporary world where digital and mobile technologies are increasingly inextricable from the environments and relationships in which everyday life plays out.
DERC excels in both academic scholarship and in our applied work with external partners from industry and other sectors.
DERC approaches this world and how we experience it through innovative, reflexive and ethical ethnographic approaches, developed through anthropology, media and cultural studies, design, arts and documentary practice and games research.
Our research is incisive, interventional and internationally leading. Going beyond the call of pure academia we combine academic scholarship with applied practice to produce research, analysis and dissemination projects that are innovative and based on ethnographic insights.
DERC partners and collaborates with a range of institutions in Australia and globally, including other universities, companies and other organisations. This includes collaborative research projects, conferences, symposia and workshops, and international visits, fellowships and publications.
The Digital Ethnography Research Centre (DERC) was established in December 2012 by Larissa Hjorth and Heather Horst with the aim of consolidating and further developing RMIT’s strength in international digital innovation. The Centre is now Directed by Sarah Pink who will be taking it into its second stage of development from 2016.
DERC members are aligned into Labs to represent their research interests, DERC Labs include:
Data Ethnographies Lab
Design+Ethnography+Futures (D+E+F) Lab
Bio Inspired Digital Sensing-Lab (BIDS-Lab)
Digital Transformations Lab
Migration and Digital Media Lab
Everyday Machines #1
Sunday October 16 2016
Alaska Projects [William St], performances from 6:30pm
73-75 William St Darlinghurst
Alaska Projects in collaboration with Tom Smith presents Everyday Machines. This performance series brings together artists exploring the tyranny and poetics of everyday machines through performance.
GET TO WORK
Performance of identity. Mental collapse. Marketing move. Within the YouTube monologue of ex-Social Media star Essena O’Neill we hear an earnest call to arms to defend reality and remove oneself from the fracturing of the self as enabled by social media. Emile Zile uses this monologue (and subsequent call for donations) as a present day ‘everyman/everywoman’; Essena’s yearning for authenticity is our yearning for a life removed from pretence, consumption and image-management. Yet all is not what it seems and through an intertextual performative commentary on the monologue Zile descends into the Egoic hall of mirrors that we navigate online. https://emilezile.com/
Jannah Quill will perform several text to speech translations simultaneously, and feed the resulting audio through pitch correction software. Jannah’s performance attempts to correct the uncorrectable, to extract the musical from randomised language, and to generate the new from the digitally banal. http://www.jannahquill.com/
Tè will perform their recent work 100_PERCENT_HITS. 100_PERCENT_HITS continues an investigation into the form and the production of the ‘pop song.’ The idea of the ‘radio-ready’ track—increasingly defined by standardised production, duration and audio quality—is here further condensed, examining what traces remain in the re-contextualisation of musical forms. 100_PERCENT_HITS is a performance that explores the generic—both as a standard and a site for the production of novelty. http://negativespaces.net/100-percent-hits/
GET TO WORK
In their new work ‘Racey Texts’ Get to Work explore texting and sexting as modes of communication that result in intimate/impersonal experiences. The work further explores how cultural identity is represented through ringtones, emojis and phone paraphernalia. http://www.get-to-work.com/
Memory Machine II – A series of exhibitions, debates, performances & publications on cultural memory & identity, initiated by Castrum Peregrini Amsterdam.
Exhibition & public program
Things to Remember (Page Not Found)
27 February – 25 March
With works by Mehraneh Atashi, Dayna Casey, Amie Dicke, Nickel van Duijvenboden, DNK Ensemble, Maria Guggenbichler with Margit de Sad, Romy A. More, Egbert Alejandro Martina and others, Jonas Lund, Antoine Viviani, Emile Zile. Curated by Radna Rumping
How are digital media, endless storage space and new ways of communicating shaping the way we capture, share and retrieve our personal memories? The things we want to remember, do they still fit in a shoebox or are they floating around somewhere in ‘the cloud’ amongst the thousands of e-mails and images that our external memory can contain nowadays?
Saturday 27 February 2016, 16.00 – 17.30
Free entrance. A conversation with Amie Dicke, Simultaneous/Synchronous (Song) Performance DNK Ensemble (Koen Nutters & Seamus Cater), Performance Emile Zile
Artist talk and screening of Western Digital for Sydney Contemporary Art fair
Curated by the Australian Centre for the Moving Image (ACMI), Video Contemporary presented by Samsung, showcases an exciting and diverse selection of video works by artists at the forefront of their field. Curated into six themes (Duality, Constructed Worlds, On Time, Forbearance & Fortitude, Role Play and Material Beings) by Ulanda Blair and Jess Bram, (see full bio here) Sydney Contemporary is delighted to be collaborating with such an innovative and dynamic arts institution on the delivery of this exciting exhibition sector.
Thursday, 10th September 12:30 pm – 1:30 pm
Speakers: Director Carroll/Fletcher, London JONATHON CARROLL, Artist SHAUN GLADWELL, Fair Director BARRY KELDOULIS and Artist EMILE ZILE. Moderated By Senior Curator and ACMI, SARAH TUTTON
Sydney Contemporary, Carriageworks, Video Contemporary Lounge
Emile Zile witfully uses the ‘truth’ of video in constant movements of distanciation that reaffirms our position as spectators—in the gallery and in the world—to draw us back with the question: where is the individuality of our self-expression, in a banal act of connectedness?
– Anabelle Lacroix, Curator
Opening reception and artist in Q+A: Saturday 30 May, 3pm
Dates: Friday 29 May – Saturday 13 June 2015
Venue: MARS Gallery, Black Box, 7 James Street, Windsor VIC 3181
Emile Zile leads a collaborative workshop on (mis)using the internet for the purpose of art/lulz. Through a range of participatory exercises Zile will demonstrate techniques to detourn everyday social media and search engines in dynamic performative ways that offer new perspectives on these ready-to-hand tools.
With his history of performances that engage with popular culture and consumer technology Emile Zile recently premiered OMG_Sisyphus. The Greek mythology of Sisyphus, a tale of burden and absurdity, is used as a prop on which to enact a contemporary performance situation: being on YouTube. The performance happens in the midst of laptops, amplifiers, digital cameras, projectors and a heavy looking stone that the artist carries in from outside. In recent performances of OMG_Sisyphus at (Open Archive Melbourne, 30 November 2011, Palais Paradiso Amsterdam 16 February 2012) Zile enacts a humorously calculated switch. In his treatment we begin to understand that the laptop/webcam is now a rock, or vice versa. Its physical presence, weight, and texture become entwined in a passage of worship, as the ubiquitous Apple product is now something more equivalent to a Chinese scholar stone (Gongshi). Throughout the whole performance it is as if through some application of post-production what we should be seeing as a computer (the adored gateway to online audiences) is now a small volcanic boulder. Simultaneous slips between live action and published content begin, as Zile sits staring at the rock we imagine him staring at his computer, alone in a room while addressing an imagined YouTube audience. In doing so the actual live audience sitting in the gallery space is distanced, even denied.
At some points in the piece we are made to feel the joys of web 2.0 publishing, light relaxation muzak plays, we are all connected by technology. But the gallery space begins to fall out of step as the artist struggles against what appears to be self-doubt and loneliness. The rock remains motionless on a small table under lamplight. Is real life different to projected life? Maybe it used to be. Zile seems to suggest a new friction is built in this crossover rather than a seamless merger. Whilst various elements of the performance are online, the crux of this work hinges on being present live in the gallery space – where multiple facets of contemporary being are felt and fired simultaneously. As it happens we are pointed toward a space where states of alienation, corporation and intense connectivity collide into a state of indivisibility.
An invitation arrived to respond to Yoko Ono’s instructional film scripts. The suggestion of a film. Film as it exists in a proposition, an invitation, a request to think. ‘Visualise peace’ Yoko says. Visualise film. #summerofyoko
Q. Which Yoko piece(s) are you responding to and how?
A. I am taking Yoko Ono’s current day Twitter feed as an unrequited instruction set. I follow Yoko Ono and Yoko Ono follows me.
Q. If we imagine a spectrum in which predetermined structures, scores, instructions sit at one end and spontaneity, intuition, improvisation at the other – where does your work sit in that spectrum? Or is that spectrum faulty to begin with?
A. I have a structure within the walls of the MCA. The technology of the image projection. The design of the seats. We have voice, light, human will. I feel energised by unbridled human energy in tightly controlled environments.
Postscript. I don’t believe in freedom in art. It can only be given by imposing a structure or rule set upon it. There is no freedom. There is no restraint.
‘I follow Yoko and Yoko follows me’
Museum of Contemporary Art Sydney
6 February 2014, 6:00-9:00pm
I am a monk. I am a tourist. Within the street I see the stage for every human conflict and negotiation. Specifically for this video I was interested in contrasting the buddhist principles of mindfullness, meditation, removing yourself from time to the act of photography, grasping for permanence, embalming a moment. The last shot of my 2012 film Jack is a solitary figure passed out in a half-finished Buddhist temple in Footscray, Australia. This film is an oblique sequel.