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Friday, September 20 • 10:45am - 12:00pm
Performing Virtual Selves

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Stine An, "In other words... Crab sticks are VR too!"

"In other words... Crab sticks are VR too!" is a piece that combines elements of performance, virtual reality, and poetry to explore the virtuality of diasporic identity. While building a DIY VR kit, I noticed the instruction manual’s claim that “crab sticks are VR too.” Imitation crab meat tastes like crab, but it is made of fish. Imitation crab meat is virtually crab meat.

Imitation crab meat is often made with the industrially processed flesh of the Alaskan Pollock, a fish important in Korean culture. Called “명태” (myeong-tae) in Korean, Alaskan Pollock has multiple other names based on its preparation, age, and method of consumption. As a person of the Korean diaspora, I wanted to dive into the virtuality (and the virtuosity) of being a diasporic identity by performing both imitation crab meat and Alaskan Pollock in a virtual medium.

By performing in and through a virtual world, I find the freedom to embody dislocation and to operate between a multitude of mediums, practices, and identities. Is this work poetry? Choreography? Video game? Theater? Advertising? Critique? The uncertainty of existing between these spaces places the performer in the role of a failed imitator who, like the imitation crab meat, inadvertently becomes their own thing. In this virtual world, this virtual crab stick is aware of its own creation and consumption.

Materials / Medium:
For this performance, I combine CC0-licensed images, videos, and sound with original poetry as well as found text from imitation crab meat packaging to expand on what is virtual and how different virtualities can be in conversation and movement together. I play the performance in a virtual world (available at https://sage-dinghy.glitch.me/) programmed using A-Frame, a web framework for building virtual reality experiences. The attached video is just one example of a possible performance.


cris cheek & Erin E. Edwards, "BAMBI-WOLF: in a clearing"

In the contemporary forest, Bambi-Wolves are restive creatures, crossing and muddying boundaries among species, genders, and habitations. BAMBI-WOLF is a collaborative experiment in posthuman life writing, a set of interlocking fairy tails drawing upon personal histories of performance and tracking humanimal paths across indicative staging grounds: urban watering holes, fugitive spaces at the edges of small-town America, the so-called wilderness, and the rehearsal space—a site of mimicry, camouflage, and becoming. Taking the multivocality of the forest as a model for praxis, BAMBI-WOLF engages with a range of texts. Felix Salten’s environmentally bleak Bambi: A Life in the Woods and its Disneyfication are the most obvious, but our text also calls on, and sings through, more anonymous voices and nonhuman sounds, including lycanthropic lore, hunting and trapping discourses, the cryptic marks of pointe shoe makers, creaking stage boards, wind and breath moving across skin stretched into new instruments. BAMBI-WOLF explores the processes of reading tracks and hearing resonant marks: we ask how media scripts project humanist properties onto animals when we have them in our sights—and what escapes; we write through memories, memory holes, and representational traps into the clearing of a blistered pastoral; we attend to the sinews and cuts of what might be a new kind of humanimal tale. This multimodal performance of the most recent writing from BAMBI-WOLF will animate the text through voice, field recording, and projected image.


Ian Hatcher, "Private Screening"

Created on commission for a Goat Island retrospective at the Chicago Cultural Center, which premiered June 2019.

Private Screening is a personally implicated piece in which I perform both as myself (deliberately unscripted) and in character as an artificially intelligent agent. The text explores the edges of constructed identity, depersonalization, definitions of opacity and transparency, problems of directional time and machine learning modeling (as articulated by Wendy Chun), Bitcoin, self-consciousness and visibility, and historically entrenched power and privilege encoded into language. It also contains jokes and a small plastic bird.

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Stine An

Stine Su Yon An (안수연) is a poet, translator, and performer based in New York City. Her work has appeared in Electric Literature, Black Warrior Review, Waxwing, Black Sun Lit, Pleiades, and elsewhere. She received her MFA in Literary Arts from Brown University. You can find her... Read More →

cris cheek

cris cheek is a documentary performance writer, sound composer and photographer. They worked alongside Bob Cobbing and Bill Griffiths with the Consortium of London Presses to run a thriving open access print shop for poets. In 1981 they co-founded a collective movement-based performance... Read More →
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Erin E. Edwards

Associate Professor, Miami University
Erin E. Edwards is Associate Professor of English at Miami University, Ohio, and the author of The Modernist Corpse: Posthumanism and the Posthumous (University of Minnesota Press, 2018). Her research explores the intersections among posthumanism, death studies, ecocriticism, and... Read More →
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Ian Hatcher

Free Agent, The American Precariat
Ian Hatcher is a writer, vocalist, programmer, and performance artist whose work focuses on human/machine entanglement. His books and records include Prosthesis (Poor Claudia); Drone Pilot (cOsmOsmOse); Colony (ESPTV); and Abra, a conjoined artists' book and generative poetry app... Read More →

Friday September 20, 2019 10:45am - 12:00pm PDT
UW2-021 Dance Studio