By Micha Cardenas
Slapshock is a performance using a Freeduino and an Arduino to
create a pain sharing device. The performance, by CRCA researcher Elle Mehrmand and
Calit2 researcher and Experimental Game Lab member Micha Cardenas, is an exploration of symbiotic relationality through
pain, in which each performer slaps themself in turn causing the other
performer to receive a painful electric shock.
The performance is one of a series studies for "mixed relations", a larger set of performances using technology to explore intersubjective relationships between people as well as between people and technology. "mixed relations" will involve two performers in mixed reality environments using their bodies as instruments to produce live audio, and will take place in the Fall of 2009.
Slapshock will be performed as part of The Dark Tower, a group show of UCSD MFA candidates and recent graduates curated by Cauleen Smith. The performance will be at the Compactspace gallery during the LA Artwalk on June 11th, 2009.
When: Thursday, June 11th, 8pm
Contact: Elle Mehrmand, ellemehrmand A+ gmail [d0t) com
Elle Mehrmand is a performance/new media artist and musician who uses the body, electronics, video, photography, sound and installation within her works. She is the singer and trombone player of Assembly of Mazes, a music collective who create dark, electronic, middle eastern, rhythmic jazz rock. Elle is currently an MFA candidate at UCSD, and received her BFA in art photography with a minor in music at CSULB. She has shown works in Los Angeles, Long Beach, San Diego and Tijuana.
Micha Cardenas / dj lotu5 is a transgender artist, theorist and trouble
maker. Micha holds an MFA from UCSD, an MA in Media and Communications
with distinction from the European Graduate School and a Bachelor's
degree in Computer Science from Florida International University. She
is a researcher at the Experimental Game Lab at the Center for Research
in Computing and the Arts and at CalIT2. Her interests include the interplay
of technology, gender, sex, desire and biopolitics. Micha recently
joined the Lui Velazquez space in Tijuana as a curator and collective
member. Her artwork has been exhibited internationally at museums,
galleries, conferences, community spaces and public spaces. Micha blogs
More information about "mixed relations" can be found at:
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