Marija Bozinovska Jones - Fascia 171208180222
Performed at the SONIC ACTS ACADEMY opening
23 February 2018 - Dansmakers, Amsterdam NL
Music and sound design: J.G. Biberkopf
Programming producer: Jayson Haebich
Virtual voice assistant: MBJ Wetware
For the premiere of this instalment of Fascia 171208180222, artist Marija Bozinovska Jones – featured as a virtual voice assistant, MBJ Wetware – teams up with musician and artist J.G. Biberkopf to create a live audio-visual performance employing a range of spoken and programming languages. The performance positions the contemporary self as a relational matrix, enmeshed in surveillance economies. Data is an elusive currency, and attention-as-profit technologies enable its free brokerage. Algorithmic reason estimates subsequent behaviour and customises future choices. The datafied selfhood occupies a space between the signal and noise of imposed value systems and autonomous decision-making.
Marija Bozinovska Jones (Macedonia/UK) explores social, computational, and living architectures. Her work addresses the formation of identity in an era of techno-capitalist amplification and perpetual online presence, probing the self as a datafied and distributed identity through MBJ Wetware. She is interested in the cryptic ways in which subjectivity is forged, auto-regulation, and coping mechanisms – from trends in self-improvement to decentralised blockchain technologies. Her performances and presentations have taken place at CTM, Transmediale, MIRA festival in Berlin, and Somerset House in London, where she is currently undertaking a studio residency. sonicacts.com