There Is No Here, Here

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A live music video reality, questioning our digital realities, live on stage.

Concept

A musician is performing in a multi-cam green-screen setup, next to a large cinema screen. The person is performing, creating and editing his reality in realtime. As an audience we can always see the green screen, we understand the “tricks”, we all have simultaneous internal director’s commentary.

But we consistently choose to watch the edited, filtered reality.

Bergen, 11. desember 2015: Bergen Elektroniske Kunstsenter feirer 15 års jubileum på Landmark. Foto: Eivind Senneset

Background

The performance explores the realities, possibilities and visions of ourselves as modern digital personas and profiles. It questions how this constant and endless editing of reality affects us, as individuals, as relationships, as society. Is social media and digital technology enabling or disabling us? How do we separate between real and fake, when everything can always be edited? And does it even matter… since we can always undo?

The title “There Is No Here, Here” is an contemporary upgrade of “there is no there, there” quote, originating from Gertrude Stein in her autobiography describing her childhood place. The quote was given a second meaning by William Gibson, using the exact same phrase as a description of the first cyberspace, The Matrix, in his novel Neuromancer (1984).

We are in Gibson’s futures now. We live our personal matrixes. We brand our fragmented attention is as “multitasking”, our digital clones perform “us” in echo chambers of social profiles, algorithms decide for us, user experience design comforts us, deep networks learns for us, mobile cameras remember for us, motion chips doctors us. The network is everyhere, and we are elsewhere.

“There Is No Here, Here” springs from Gibson’s dystopian futures of lonely hackers, struggling alone in multiple realities. It’s not fiction any more.

Production partners

The project is produced through artist’s company Uncanny Planet, with current co-producers and funders:

Project personel

Gisle Martens Meyer (artist), performer, composer, visuals, editor
Lars Ove Toft (Bergen Center Electronic Arts), advisor
Stephan Schwarz (Tanzhaus NRW), co-producer, dramaturgy, advisor
Sven Åge Birkeland (BIT Teatergaragen), dramaturgy, co-producer, advisor
Per Mygland (Music Arts Drama Entertainment), management/advisor

Performances 

Temps d’Images, festival for contemporary art and moving images, Tanzhaus NRW, Düsseldorf, Germany, 2016
Sala Hiroshima, Barcelona, Spain, 2016 / 2017
Octoberdance, festival for contemporary dance, Bergen, Norway, 2016
InShadows Festival, festival for film, dance and art, Lisbon, Portugal, 2016
LichtCampus Festival, festival for light and moving image, Hildesheim, 2017
Østre, BIT Teatergarasjen, Bergen, Norway, 2017
TechnArte, festival for art and technology, Bilbao, Spain, 2017
App Art Awards, award festival for art and apps, ZKM Karlsrue, 2017

Photos

Photo by Gisle Martens Meyer

Photo by Vincent Guillerm

Photo by Gisle Martens Meyer

Photo by Eivind Senneset

Photo by Gisle Martens Meyer

Photo by Gisle Martens Meyer

Photo by Eivind Senneset

Photo by Vincent Guillerm

Photo by Gisle Martens Meyer

Photo by Eivind Senneset

Photo by Gisle Martens Meyer

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Photo by Eivind Senneset

Photo by Vincent Guillerm

 

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Photo by Gisle Martens Meyer

Photo by Gisle Martens Meyer

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Photo by Gisle Martens Meyer

Photo by Gisle Martens Meyer

 

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