Performing the Great Orbital Run

Chance, Veronique C. (2017) Performing the Great Orbital Run. In: AVANCA / CINEMA 2017 - International Conference Cinema - Art, Technology, Communication, 26-30 July 2017, Avanca, Portugal.

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The Great Orbital Ultra Run’ was a solitary run and performance artwork that took place over nine consecutive days around the inside of the M25 London Orbital motorway. Conceived as a ‘point-topoint’ run from and to ten different Motel stops along the route, this journey did not follow preconceived ‘paths’ but was about negotiating a route round come what may. The journey was mapped through a continuous stream of images that were relayed live from my mobile phone along with my GPS coordinates. This was projected as a moving image artwork with sound at the Stephen Lawrence Gallery, University of Greenwich, in London, as part of the two-person exhibition, ‘Evil Sport and Ultra Run’. This paper considers the performative nature of this activity, raising the issue of where the work itself takes place in the differing notions of performance that could be said to be taking place, which occur in the live performance of the actual run, in the performance of the technology in the live mediation of digital images and in the representation of the activity as a documentation of the event. In doing so it challenges traditional assumptions regarding live performance that relies on the presence of an audience at an ‘original’ event and that suggests it cannot be recorded. In an age of digital ‘connectedness’, this paper calls for a wider understanding of the notion of performance through the live act and re-presentation of its mediated documentation.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Keywords: Performance Art, Liveness, Documentation, Mediated Image, Running, London Orbital
Faculty: ARCHIVED Faculty of Arts, Law & Social Sciences (until September 2018)
Depositing User: Veronique Chance
Date Deposited: 12 Oct 2017 15:57
Last Modified: 09 Sep 2021 18:58

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