Every new technology not only changes the world but also our bodies in it and our perception of it.
After years of watching videos on the Internet, people and objects in the real world appear to us changed, invested with new emotions and meanings.
FORECASTING offers an insight into how this transformation is affecting our understanding of the world. It does this by reducing online video watching to its essential elements: 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 glimpse into the head of modern humans holding a camera in their hands.
FORECASTING was awarded the Special Jury Prize at the 56th edition of the Mess Festival in Sarajevo.
FORECASTING is the third part of the trilogy Theory of the performance to come or the only way to avoid the massacre is to become its authors?
Authors: Giuseppe Chico et Barbara Matijević
Performed by: Barbara Matijević
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