credit: Ana Caria and Leonor Fonseca, xCoAx, at FBAUL

Joana Chicau “A Webpage in Three Acts” (2019)

Performance and installation. Softwareapplication, projector, soundsystem, print. Dimensions variable.

Joana Chicau performs real-time algorithmic composition as a way to explore processes of becoming structures, languages, codes and scripts. For A Webpage In Three Acts she creates hybrid scores/scripts, aka “choreo-graphic-codes” that link choreography with web-coding functions. The programming functions are then named after choreographic concepts, which are assigned to specific web actions. The vocabulary brings new meaning and produces a new imaginary around the act of coding.

The web maybe seen as a choreographic agglomerate which defines ways of moving collectively and individually, through fluid and complex landscapes of information displays, networked, multimedia environments. In her practice web interfaces—with all of their properties, designed intentions and ideologies—become experimental stages for bringing the physicality of code and the corporeality of the machine into shared consciousness.

Specifically for the context of this exhibition Chicau will connect her research frame with the notion of “interfacing” and its impact on our <bodies> from physical exhaustion to digital fatigue.

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Joana Chicau [PT/NL] is a graphic designer, coder, researcher — with a background in dance. Her trans-disciplinary project interweaves web programming languages and environments with choreographic practices. In her practice she researches the intersection of the body with the constructed, designed, programmed environment, aiming at in widening the ways in which digital sciences is presented and made accessible to the public.

She has been actively participating and organizing events with performances involving multi-location collaborative coding, algorithmic improvisation, open discussions on gender equality and activism. Recent work, news and updates:

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