The subject is presence observed and discussed in relation to entities, practices and phenomena like bodies and avatars, simulation, automation, detection and tracking, tele-communication and other forms of ubiquity, virtuality, also in terms of memory and legacy, camouflage and embodiment. The analysis and practice of presence-shaping considers the (rather solipsistic) dimensions of appearing, locating and disappearing, but the main focus is dedicated to reactivity as a current and topical set-up of aesthetic experience. The course combines references out of the discourse of both art history and media theory with applicatory ideas: the programm includes artistic examples (taken from performance, conceptual and media arts) and some technical matter-of-course daily used for parameterising, treating and operating presence. The aspect of reactivity, the fact that technical systems define presence and can react to it, is going to be used also for practical exercises.
Class held in the winter term 2012/2013 at ATW Institute for Applied Theatre Studies, JLU Giessen.