The PlaceHolder Group: Playing in Meta-Presence

In response to the pandemic and the imposed self-isolation, we as performers are missing out on the familiar and empowering sensations afforded when sharing the same physical space. So far, we have used Zoom to stream audio, movement and visuals to privilege creation over troubleshooting. While we have identified a therapeutic value in this, the limited extent to which Zoom represents and constrains our bodies, and the ubiquity of the platform in our daily lives, leads us to seek other means of distributed performance to augment our collective practice in ways that are sensitive to the themes that have arisen in our experiments: presence, movement, time, live coding and space. We are instanced across multiple places, bound to a displaced and fragmented temporality amidst a landscape of predetermined frames, excised limbs and removable backgrounds. It is in this meta-presence that we seek alternative means of distributed performance to facilitate experiments with a continuous and in-between play of entangled bodies, images, sounds and code.

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Kavi, Renee, Emory, Michael

This is a constantly evolving space and we look forward to expanding our practice, sharing ideas, and opening new conversations throughout the microresidency! Stay tuned.



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Members:

Ilze Briede [artist name Kavi] is a multi-media nomad traversing across numerous disciplines including visual art, digital design and interactive installation. Kavi's current research examines the application of virtual experience environments, such as Mixed Reality and Internet along with immersive video projection and real-time collaboration to explore human and non-human creativity, art, and human-computer co-working practices. Kavi is a PhD student in Digital Media at York University, Toronto Canada. Website

Renee Carmichael is a researcher, writer, and artist who dwells in the liminal and is inspired by mathematical thinking. She experiments with movement and code, exploring the calculated and the feeling through intimate performances, texts, podcasts, videos, algorithms, and online artworks. Movement for her is like thinking which is like coding: they are all processes of understanding the complex world by being in it. She is a doctoral candidate in Comparative Art Theory at the Universidad Nacional de Tres de Febrero in Argentina, she has a master’s degree in Interactive Media: Critical Theory and Practice from Goldsmiths College in London, is founder of the experimental publishing project Flee Immediately! and is co-founder of the podcast Liminal Bits. She currently lives in Buenos Aires, Argentina. Website - Instagram

Emory Martin is a musician and researcher at Ryerson University. His research includes trauma-informed therapeutic interventions for children and youth in collaboration with Boost Child & Youth Advocacy Centre and Unity Charity in Toronto. Emory has worked as a musical accompanist for Ballet Jorgen (George Brown College), Toronto Dance Theatre, Toronto Children’s Dance Theatre and Downward Dog Yoga Centre.

Michael Palumbo is an electroacoustic music improviser, teacher, and developer. His PhD research spans distributed creativity, temporality, and version control systems, and is expressed through Mischmasch (2020), a programming environment for modular synthesis in virtual reality; git show (2019) a distributed music composition experiment; and Data Issues: Please See Attachment (2016-2018), a live performance piece involving a random selection of an abandoned, unfinished project from his past. He has presented his research internationally, including the Journal of New Music Research and at such conferences as ISEA, NIME, Expo ’74, AES, and Network Music Festival. He produces the monthly telematic music series Exit Points, and regularly performs with his voice, a hardware modular synthesizer and his own code. Website - Bandcamp - GitHub



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