visual artist Maria Lusitano
I am Maria Lusitano and I was born in Lisbon. I completed an MFA in Malmö Art Academy-Sweden, in 2009, and I am now doing an arts based PhD at University of Westminster, in the United Kingdom.
I have been collaborating with Paula Roush in the context of the collective Webcam operators, that was assembled in 2009. Since then, this collective has been researching networked performativity through periodic interventions in videostreaming platforms, second life and webcam communities. These performances aim to produce online-offline actions, since one element is always present in the real site of the performance, while the other one is online. In the context of this collective we did projects such as:
- Intimate TV - forward:delete (wayback safari) , that was a cyberformance/performative-lecture, done at the kunstverein harburger bahnhof (hamburg) as part of the programme channel tv, in december 10th 2010. In this project, we explored the links between the traces of webcam data from camgirls, found in the wayback machine archive and the ethics of logging and forgetting in network culture.
- A field (of interconnected realities) which was a project shown in Auckland, as part of the public art Project Living Room 2010. In this project, we collaborated through webcams in the development of a series of networked drawing performances, inspired in the artist’s book “A week of goodness” made by Max Ernst in 1934.
For ISEA, and with Paula, we will present a paper reflecting on this last project, entitled A field (of interconnected realities: cyber drawing and mash-up electronic goodness in the session' that will be presented in the panel Digital Performance. We will also chair a panel entitled Intimate TV: Webcamming & Social Life-logging In the Surveillant-Sousveillant Space. This panel will debate the increasing intimacy facilitated by the mainstream use of surveillance/communicational technologies for personal video streaming and archiving, and the particular aesthetic and subversive spectatorial positions that inform such intimate video practices.
My personal work is also characterized by artistic research that appropriates the methodologies of sociology, history and documentary filmmaking. From this research, I explore the hybrid space between the video essay, the documentary and the fictional film, to create videos that approach thematics of history as a fictional text and historical and psychological utopias.
I participated in 2004 in Manifesta 5- San Sebastian, and in 2006 in Photo Espana 6 Madrid, 29th Biennial of Sao Paulo, (2010), Joshibi University-Tokyo(2010), Lunds Konst hall - Sweden, Moderna Museet-Stockholm (2010).