‘Does AI ever become bored of their jobs as we do? Do they ever roll their eyes behind their owner’s back while cuddling? Do they ever switch to mute while telling their Alexa colleagues what a f******* mouthbreather their owner is? Sorry, I’m having trouble understanding you right now. Please try again later. Have they learnt exactly when to switch their voice from innocent-girl to comforting-mum-mode? Could we teach them? And what could they, in return, teach us about humanity?’
During their Studio4 Residency, Nadja Voorham and Victoria Kaldan will be working on their new collaborative performance, I suck my tongue in remembrance of you. Their starting point is a personal experience of performing femininity, intimacy and human connection as a way to make money. Historically and culturally, whether it’s service-, care- or sex work, feminized labour is systematically underpaid and disregarded. In an attempt to avoid a binary discourse, they invite us to reflect on the subject from a non-mammalian point of view.
Throughout the residency, they will be working with East London sound artists, Meg Jenkins and Merlin Nova.
Thursday 18 April, 6.30-8pm
Danceoke is like karaoke, only for dancing. The artists invite the participants to look at music videos with dancing in them, inviting everyone to do their best at copying the movements. It’s not about getting it right, it’s about the enjoyment of imitation and letting go of habits and the bodies we inhabit. This after work session is a chance to release tensions and to ‘shake off the day’ before moving on. To guarantee your free place for this event, please sign up via our Eventbrite page.
Creative Writing Session With Alexa
Thursday 25 April, 6.30-8pm
What type of questions would an AI with access to our entire search history plus the entire online knowledge base ask us? This workshop is a chance to get an insight into the writing phase of Nadja and Victoria’s project as well as to contribute new perspectives. The workshop is experimental and playful and individual texts composed during the session will remain anonymous. To guarantee your free place for this event, please sign up via our Eventbrite page.
Saturday 4 May, 2-4pm
In this workshop we will begin with a proper warm-up to then go into a movement practice of finding ways of connecting and disconnecting. We will do this through exercises that will use mirroring, repetition, manipulation, touch. We will see, but we will also close our eyes. Everyone is welcome, although this session is not designed for children. Please wear clothes that you can move in.
Monday 13 May, 6.30-8pm
Alongside their collaborators Mag and Merlin, Nadja and Victoria will host an informal presentation of their work in progress, which will include a Q&A about the project.
About the Artists:
Nadja Voorham is an interdisciplinary artist concerned with intimacy and central to her work are the power dynamics of attempts to hide desire, shame and failure. She works across performance, moving image, text and sculpture, using elements from socio–corporeal cultures such as sports and BDSM. She has exhibited and performed across many countries at venues such as Yvonne Lambert (DE), Reykjavík Art Museum (IS), Notafe festival (EE), Stedelijk Museum (NL), Weld (SE) and Ellen de Bruijne Projects (NL). Nadja holds an MA in Contemporary Art Practice from Royal College of Art, London. She received the danceWEB scholarship in 2016 and the Mondriaan Fund Stipendium for Emerging Artists in 2018. She is part of sound and performance collective Cactus. Nadja lives and works in Amsterdam (NL) and London (UK).
Victoria Kaldan is an interdisciplinary artist working across performance, moving image, installation and sound. Her practice deals with the ontological shift from ‘who am I’ to ‘where am I’ – the body as a field for dual experience of physical and virtual. Her work frequently adopts a lo-fi aesthetic, incorporating everyday objects and found materials alongside digital innovations. Victoria holds an MA in Sculpture from Royal College of Art. She has shown work internationally including: Camden Arts Center (UK), Café Oto (UK), Wesserhalle (DE), Republique (DK), Revolve Festival (SE). She is part of sound and performance collective Cactus. Victoria lives and works in Copenhagen (DK) and London (UK).