digital 1.5.

study / installation

The project is a series of five performative events exploring touch. Each event is an attempt to read and experience the world haptically, employing digital logic to approach the physicality and to practice intimacy with each other.

Photos from digital 1.5.1. by Marijo Županov

The selected group of bodies establishes contact with other bodies in space - bodies of performers, the body of the space, the sound body and the bodies of technological objects. Using the latter, digital 1.5 questions the mediatization of closeness. By applying the solid digital logic of the devices and their software to the soft organic bodies of people it speculates about humans, who are not only a source of information but also a device for processing and storing data.

Touch in digital 1.5 is a way of communicating and a tool for meeting the other; it is digitized data and a medium of transmission at the same time. The project builds on the idea of the medium as given by Y. Citton in his book ‘The Ecology of Attention’. Citton describes the media as diffuse ecosystems, which do not solely represent reality but actively shape it. Thus, an ‘infrastructure of resonances that condition our attention’ is formed according to the ideas that ‘surround and fill us’. In this respect digital 1.5 is not looking for a loud performative gesture but tends to establish a space of visibility, or in Citton's language, an environment of resonance for the increasingly marginalized and during the pandemic also transgressive practices of closeness and touch.

digital 1.5. is is a part of the Ventilator series initiated by Sploh Institute.

Artistic direction: Jan Rozman
Music: Luka Seliškar
Costume design: Tanja Pađan / Kiss the Future
Video documentation: Juš Jeraj
Executive producer: Brigita Gračner
Production: Zavod Sploh

digital 1.5.1.
Performers: Beno Novak, Julija Pečnikar, Jan Rozman, Liza Šimenc
Photo documentation: Marijo Župan