1. “The Life & Death Of Elle Peril"
    Lena Chen

    Performance: Saturday, 20.05.2017 Berlin

    SOMA art gallery
    somagallery.de

    Curator : Nabi Nara

    video: Thomas Grabka

    “The Life & Death Of Elle Peril” presents a five-year experiment on persona. In the wake of revenge porn and cyber harassment, Lena Chen suffered from post-traumatic stress symptoms (depression, anxiety, paranoia, and hypervigilance) which impaired her ability to function socially and professionally. In 2013, she moved to Berlin and invented an alternate identity as nude model Elle Peril. Through ritualized acts of undressing and posing for (mostly male) strangers, Elle Peril functioned as a coping mechanism, survival tactic, and form of ad hoc therapy allowing the artist to reclaim agency over her body and personal narrative.

    Lena Chen explores gender, identity, and trauma through text and performance. Since 2008, an anonymous Internet stalker has harassed Chen, her family, friends, and associates using tactics such as “Google-bombing” and doxxing. As one of the earliest documented cases of revenge porn and cyberstalking, her experience has been studied by academic researchers and covered in the press.

    Chen received a degree in sociology from Harvard University in 2010. As an activist for reproductive freedom and women’s rights, she has been featured in mainstream media outlets and invited to speak at Oxford, Yale, Stanford, and SXSW. She is based in Berlin, where she curates participatory art projects and organizes events on creative activism.

    elleperil.com

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  2. NAKED SELFIES - A CARICATURE OF SELF-EXPOSURE IN THE AGE OF SOCIAL MEDIA (2015)
    “Show everything and you are!”
    MILO MOIRÉ as nude AVATAR of self-exposure

    Milo Moiré’s performance series NAKED SELFIES thematize and caricature the pop-cultural mass phenomenon of self-portraits in social media. The artist take selfies with passersby using her remote-controlled camera mounted on a tripod, contrary to the others Milo Moiré is naked. In contrast to “PLOPEGG PAINTING PERFORMANCE – A Birth of a Picture”, which was performed during the ART COLOGNE 2014, this work requires interaction. “The people who take a nude selfie with me actually disclose something about themselves, present themselves to the world with a statement. Through this physical, bodily interaction between me as a self-exposing avatar and the people wanting a selfie, I want to establish a point of contact between the real and the digital revelation of intimacy. A new meta-level of self-staging emerges“, Moiré says.

    The artist embody through her performance the voluntary baring of individuals in the digital world. We all reveal ourselves constantly on Facebook and Instagram, showing where we are, with whom, what we’re doing…in fact, exhibiting all kinds of sensitive personal data in the internet. Moiré as compressed selfie-avatar of self-show-ing and a link between the tangible and virtual life…the essence of a seductive self-portrait?

    “Nude Selfies” have previously taken place in Düsseldorf, Paris and Basel. During the opening of EGO UPDATE: THE FUTURE OF THE DIGITAL IDENTITY, on September 18, 2015, at the NRW-Forum museum, Milo Moiré will be holding her NUDE SELFIE performance.

    On Sunday, July 5, 2015, Milo Moiré was arrested in Paris when she carried out her “Nude Selfies Performance” on the Place du Trocadéro, in front of Paris’s Eiffel Tower. After her release from prison Milo announced: “They could take my body captive, but my spirit remained free. Freedom is the greatest good in our society. I will continue and will carry out the NAKED SELFIE performance in other countries.”

    The stage is set for the real-life staging!
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    NACKT SELFIES (2015)
    "ZEIGE ALLES UND DU BIST!"
    MILO MOIRÉ als nackter AVATAR der Selbstentblössung.

    Milo Moiré wird während der Eröffnung der EGO UPDATE DIE ZUKUNFT DER DIGITALEN IDENTITÄT im Museum NRW-Forum am 18.09.2015 ihre NACKT-SELFIE Performance abhalten. Mit Fernauslöser und einer Stativkamera werden mit den Besuchern zusammen Selfies erstellt.

    Milo Moirés Nackt-Selfies thematisieren und karikieren das pop-kulturelle Massenphänomen der Selbstbildnisse in den sozialen Medien. Im Gegensatz zu der PLOPEGG PAINTING PERFORMANCE - A Birth of a Picture anlässlich der ART COLOGNE 2014 bedarf es bei dieser Performance der Interaktion. "Wer mit mir ein Nackt-Selfie macht, gibt ja auch etwas von sich preis, zeigt sich der Welt mit einem Statemen. Ich will durch die leibhaftige Interaktion zwischen mir als Selbstentblößungs-Avatar und dem Selfie-Willigen einen Berührungspunkt zwischen der realen und digital offenbarten Intimität schaffen. Es entsteht eine neue Meta Ebene der Selbstinszenierung", so die Künstlerin.

    Bühne frei für die Real Life Inszenierung!

    Bisher fanden die “Nackt Selfies” in Düsseldorf, Paris und Basel statt.

    Milo Moiré wurde am Sonntag Nachmittag 5. Juli 2015 in Paris verhaftet, als Sie auf dem Trocadéro Platz vor dem Eiffelturm ihre “Nackt Selfies Perfomance” durchführte. Nach ihrer Freilassung entgegnete Moiré der Presse: "Sie konnten meinen Körper gefangen nehmen, aber mein Geist bleibt frei". Freiheit ist das höchste Gut in unserer Gesellschaft. Ich mache weiter und werde die “Nackt Selfie” Performance in anderen Ländern durchführen."

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  3. A sample from the beginning of the Synetech video Free & Wild 11: Naked Freedom, available along with many other titles at macfarlandartfilm.com

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  4. La Terrrazza is a great nightclub in Barcelona. Andrea did some flashing and danced naked in front of a mirror. She felt free and wild enough to walk naked out onto the dance floor, to the delight and excitement of the other guests. Andrea even danced up on the music platform, where everyone could enjoy her beautiful nakedness.

    This is part of a segment of the Synetech video Barcelona Magic 4, which is available on DVD or download from macfarlandartfilm.com.

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