Visit to Emoji-bot [Du{think}BTTR_off_alleine?] by Zander Porter at ACUD Galerie

August 11, 2021, 2 pm

Many thanks to the co-founder & general manager Johannes Braun introducing our participants to the history of ACUD and the concept & program of ACUD MACHT NEU and to the artist & choreographer Zander Porter guiding us through their solo exhibition Emoji-bot [Du{think}BTTR_off_alleine?] at ACUD GALERIE. The visit is part of the BAI Studio Program | Berlin Artist Residency, Art School, Arts Incubator, and Live Online Courses & Classes.

Exhibition Dates: August 05 – 24, 2021
Opening Hours: Tuesday – Saturday, 11 AM – 2 PM
Address: Veteranenstraße 21, 10119 Berlin

“( ◡‿◡ *) Remember when grumpiness evolves in a rather short time towards a sense of longing and total existential evacuation… Some temporal segments are structured by concise “5, 6, 7.1, 8” – whereas others are documented impromptu and post-produced. Quadruplets presently demonstrate comparable rhythms; one emerged at the beginning with a camera attached to its face. Gathered within a social solo of (dis)embodied emote-reactions, their togetherness asks if similitude is always already algorithmic.

▓▒░(°◡°)░▒▓ Attitudinize… and plug into the wall-socket (full-recharge fantasy)! “Emoji-bot” is a four-player avatar with human’s feet-coverings, polygonal posture, and misapprehended grandeur – of mortality, sass, age, and pending resurrection. It-we enacts a “post-embodied performance”: an onscreen departure from a cute world of mediated liveness which has been recently (re)constructed.

( ˘ ɜ˘) ♬♪♫ Emoji-bot [Du{think}BTTR_off_alleine?] marks the first solo exhibition in Berlin by Zander Porter and features performers ketia, Harald Stojan, and Annalise Van Even. The work is partially supported by NEUSTART KULTUR and Tanzbüro Berlin.” (Text by courtesy of Zander Porter & ACUD MACHT NEU)

Zander Porter (b. 1994, Los Angeles) is a US-American, Germany-based artist working between liveness and onlineness. Zander has presented work (sometimes with XenoEntities Network) at Vanderbilt University (Nashville), Fierce Festival (Birmingham), Fuchsbau Festival (Hanover), Incarnata Social Club (New York City), TIFA (Pune), msd.buzon (Bogotá), Gropius Bau (Berlin), Kampnagel (Hamburg), National Film & Sound Archive of Australia (Canberra), Human Resources (Los Angeles), Sophiensæle (Berlin), Dancehouse (Melbourne), 289E (Ho Chi Minh City), DeZIM-Institut (Berlin), SPACE10 (Copenhagen), transmediale + SPEKTRUM (Berlin), Studio ALTA (Prague), DFBRL8R (Chicago), and Institute for Art & Art Theory (Cologne), among others. In 2017, Zander’s BA thesis at Wesleyan University was awarded the Elizabeth Verveer Tishler Prize; in 2021-2023, Zander pursues an MA at DAS Choreography – Amsterdam University of the Arts. 

More information on the ACUD MACHT NEU & Zander Porter Websites.


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