Corona Improv at Ars Electronica 2020
During lockdown I was invited by Alex Murray-Leslie to join a weekly zoom meet-up between artists and musicians.
The Corona Improv Sessions, a series of intercultural, performative, audio-visual telematic jam sessions began on March 20, 2020, and continued every Sunday during the global lockdown, between a group of co-located students and artists. The sessions became a vehicle for developing enduring artistic and personal connections, and creating new spaces at a moment of cultural and political retrenchment.
The group that emerged from these jams performed in person – both in Linz and telematically. Using a modular content toolbox specifically developed for the Ars performances incorporating real-time collaborations in digital performance and expanded screen practices, the participating artists explored the dynamics of co-located performativity. They embraced rather than resist latency, to produce a novel visual Musiking in which virtuosity is eschewed. Nonsynchronous performance thus created emergent, aleatory musical and visual forms.
Performers: Tina Frank, Alexandra Murray-Leslie, Anat Ben David, Thies Mynther, Panja Göbel, Catharine Cary, Diana Lindbjerg, Melissa E. Logan, Dinu Bodiciu, Krõõt Juurak, Cat Hope, Mari Bastashevski, Einar Grinde, Øyvind Brandtsegg, Atau Tanaka, Tina Havelock Stevens, Dong Zhou, Einar Grinde, Mikalsen & Marhaug, Nina Haarsaker, Junda Auguste Andriuskeviciute, Dunia Isabel Vazquez Juarez, Salma Mastour, Evelina Bartuseviciute, Håvard Gismerøy Ekker