Intersubjective facelessness - the experience of unwitting interaction

Fossey, Steve (2013) Intersubjective facelessness - the experience of unwitting interaction. In: , INTERACTIVITY/INTERPASSIVITY – 5th Annual Research Conference in Art and Theatre, Centre for Art, Design, Research and Experimentation,, June 2013, Wolverhampton University, Wolverhampton, UK..

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This paper explores a performance titled falling in love again – and Again which I performed in Wolverhampton and uses the works of Sophie Calle and Vito Acconci as points of departure. In the paper I argue that the anonymous subjects that Calle and Acconci followed around the city streets were instrumental in their social becoming. These people provided Calle and Acconci with other bodies with which to locate themselves, or as Acconci puts it, ‘become dependent on’ and ‘need’ (Acconci, 2006: 77). This desire to locate oneself with/through is echoed in Calle as she describes being ‘swept along by the energy of other people, getting them to choose my itineraries for me’ (Calle 2003:77). This paper argues that a similar form of ‘writing over’ to that of Forced Entertainment’s Nights in this City takes place in both Acconci’s Following Pieces of 1969 and Calle’s Suite Vénitienne of 1980. Where Forced Entertainment overlaid imaginary events on actual locations, Calle and Acconci overlaid imaginary relations over actual other people. In falling in love again – and Again I played with the idea that there is creative potential in the space where the line between the imaginary and real becomes blurred by falling in love with strangers but never letting on. These imaginary convergences of place, self and other reveal possibilities to not only better understand the mechanics of our social spatial production, but also where the creative potential is in these dynamics and in this paper I speak to the mechanics of interplay.

Keywords:Imaginary, Orientational others, interactivity, interpassivity
Subjects:W Creative Arts and Design > W100 Fine Art
Divisions:College of Arts > School of Fine & Performing Arts > School of Fine & Performing Arts (Fine Arts)
ID Code:35677
Deposited On:18 Apr 2019 08:51

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