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IPERF

digital performance, 2013/15

 iPerf 1.1.0, Antic Teatre, Barcelona (ESP) | iPerf 1.0.3, Grimmuseum, Berlin (DE) |iPerf 1.0.2, Kunsthal Charlottenborg, Copenhage (DK)  |iPerf 1.0.1, FADO, Theater Center, Toronto (CA)

Duration: 40 mins

Materials: Laptop, video projector, sound system, mask, table and chair

The index finger indicates, touches, clicks, threatens, cheers, accusses, questions, identifies, counts, presses, communicates, confirms, points out, emphasizes, denies, hypnotizes, teaches, pollutes, protests, photographs, challenges… How many things can be done just by moving a finger?

iPerf is a digital performance dealing with the performativity of the index finger in our information-society and its relationship with the new communication technologies. How are these technologies changing the concepts of presence and absence? What role is the touch and the haptic playing in our predominantly audiovisual culture? To what extent is the loss of movement and physical contact related to the increased use of the index finger? In which direction do the fingers that touch screens point? How to make a performance moving just one finger?

In relation to the audience, iPerf explores the concepts of interpassivity, tutorial and user. The performance is built upon short actions that I have filmed with my Smartphone and uploaded as tutorials via Youtube. The tutorial can be understood as an index finger showing how to do things. That’s why these videos are basically short actions using the index finger that reflect upon the (un)touchable, the digital and the semiotic and iconographic complexity related to the index finger and its historical consequences.

iPerf is a constantly evolving performance based on algorithmic compositions and actions in the cloud. It’s a programmed performance conceived for both white cube and stage and everytime is presented in a new, updated, version.