FORECASTING is based on a collection of amateur videos taken from the largest video sharing website: YouTube.
The piece delves into the process of watching videos by reducing it to its essential: a body and a screen.
On an empty stage, a performer manipulates a laptop showing hundreds of videos posted by YouTube amateurs: food lovers, gun fans, fitness buffs, DIY enthusiasts, gardeners, as well as contemplative walks, intimate confessions and playful moments with pets.
Video images have been selected to match the human scale, allowing the screen to be used as both a mask and an extension of the performer, who also complements the videos with her voice, further blurring the limits between herself and the incessant flow of the Web.
Through this hybrid experience FORECASTING gradually turns into a story of all stories, an on-stage presentation of our on-line lives, a poetic sketch of the influence that digital tools play in the narration of the Self and the collective construction of the Imaginary.
FORECASTING was awarded the Special Jury Prize at the 56th edition of the Mess Festival in Sarajevo.
Authors: Giuseppe Chico et Barbara Matijević
Performed by: Barbara Matijević (alternating with Charlotte Le May)
Video: Giuseppe Chico
Sound: Viktor Krasnic
Patch Max: Niccolo Gallio
Production: Kaaitheater (Brussels)
Co-production: UOVO (Milan)
Executive producer: 1er stratagème and De facto
Supported by: DRAC Ile de France – Croatian Ministry of Culture – the City of Zagreb – the French Institute – Beaumarchais SACD association – PACT Zollverein (Essen) and Caos/Festival Terni (residency program).
Prémiere: 5 march 2011 in to the Festival Performatik, Kaaitheater / Bruxelles ( Belgium )
Duration: 45 minutes.
Languages: English, French or Italian
Thanks to: Marie Roche/Grand Ensemble for collaboration and Rostan Chentouf for project management
Credits: Olivier Heinry, 2012, Creative Commons 3 BY-SA
Credits: Yelena Remetin 2012, Creative Commons 3 BY-SA
camera: Yelena Remetin