S W E R V E by Anna Nazo
SWERVE is a living archive of the sensuous, artificial gaze at diffracted sensibilities, virtual real spacetime manifold of preserved digital-physical dreams. The research developed in SWERVE during the DAR residency will result in a live AV performance.
Anna Nazo is a London-based performance artist, researcher and educator whose practice engages computing technologies, philosophy and science. Her current focus is on artificial intelligence (AI Poetry), drones, neurotechnology, real time CGI and 360 degree video. Within live digital-physical audio-visual performance her work investigates questions of intelligence diversity, distributed forms of sensuousness, digital queer ecologies, and ethics of the technological. It looks at ways of understanding intelligence and liveness in relation to nonconscious cognition, quantum reality and sympoietic complexities.
Her performances operate on spoken word poetry that she co-writes with artificial intelligence (AI), sound and imagery that are computer generated live (CGI) from her brainwaves data (EEG), and drone performance.
Performance for Entanglement: Just Gaming, RCA Visual Cultures Lecture Series, Royal College of Art, Online/ London, UK. 25th June 2020. 0.07’.
Flame 2.0 is a Zoom streamed 360 digital-physical AV performance presented by Anna Nazo’s avatar ‘α Phoenicis (Ankaa)’.
Using a 360 degree imaging archive, the work engages in a live conversation with its earlier iterations including Flame, a performance for Stay LIVE At Home programme, organised by Performistanbul, Live-streamed on Zoom and Instagram @annanazo, Istanbul, Turkey / London, UK, 3rd May 2020, 0.20’; and Undulation, a performance for So remember the liquid ground, a public program in a partnership between the RCA CCA and Gasworks, curated by Benjamin Darby, Yoojin Kang, Akis Kokkinos, Angelina Li, Lenette Lua and Louise Nason, Online/ London, UK, 15th June 2020, 0.20’. Commissioned by Gasworks & RCA CCA.
[AI poetry excerpt]
viridian doomed gaze
zero one spell
haunting virtual fear
opaque pulsating bleeding edge
grasping disentangled state
dispersed ultrasonic winds
Performance for ArtFutura Festival, Iklectik Art Lab, London, UK. 1st December 2019, 0:15’.
[AI poetry excerpt] transplanted algorithm
blind helium fusion heatwave
pale-green fractal silt
dismal spectral dreams
radioactive purple lymph
chemical rhizomatic shift
phasing siloxane penetrating rhythm
bleeding crystallised nodes
alkaline digital greed
deafening whisper of burned flesh
Performance for CARPA6: The 6th Colloquium on Artistic Research in Performing Arts 2019, hosted by the Performing Arts Research Centre Tutke at the Theatre Academy of the University of the Arts Helsinki. Kiasma Theatre, The Museum of Contemporary Art Kiasma, Helsinki, Finland. 29th August 2019, 0.45’.
[AI poetry excerpt]
dimension of dread
penicillin logic carved on digital heart cells
azure spell blizzard
electrifying shock ingrowing through brain
numbing needling distress
breathe inflamed tears
neural carnal poetics
non cohesive plasticity
failed virtual death
ruffled subvisual noise
deep purple digital dust