Introductory text for the Working Group “Virtual Social Networks” by Marlon Barrios
Marlon Barrios is the initiator and moderator of this Working Group. He is a New York Venezuelan based on-line experimental producer, researcher and lecturer. He is the creator/producer of dance-tech.net (an social networking website), dance-techTV, a collaborative internet video channel and of the dance-tech.net interviews series exploring innovation and interdisciplinary investigations on the performance of movement.
The technological development of the internet and the web in the last five years has allowed the materialization of emergent forms of communication and cultural practices. I believe that the new internet or the so called Web 2.0, with its explosion of social media, are making obvious the relational, systemic and distributed character of all the human processes and cultural production.
Human have always lived and thrived in social networks. We navigated knowledge flows in time and space with technologies and have had a constant need of developing communication technologies in order to register experience and coordinate actions. The new web is the convergence of many interactive telecommunication and computation architectures that are serving as a platform for emergent ways of sharing information and knowledge, it open the opportunity of dialogue fostering collaboration and collective action. The interconnected data, information, knowledge and bodies have situated the “social” in a “space” that is dislocated from geography obliterating fixed and singular notions of presence, mobility, authorship and creativity. I proposed that digitally networked bodyminds are both, socially augmented cognitive systems and cognitively augmented social systems. In the new internet social actions are mediated participation creating “sites” of exchange. The exchange creates the site.
These spaces are populated by hybrid creatures: composites of user, audience, spectator, public, consumer, producer, designer, editor, client and artist. Movement art practices, organizations and practitioners are using them to generate and distribute knowledge, for collaborative mediated processes, as new performative spaces and for marketing (audience development) of venues or festivals. In this session we will investigate the specific opportunities and challenges for movement arts and its cultural industries.
CV Marlon Barrios
Marlon Barrios Solano is a New York based Venezuelan on-line experimental producer, researcher and lecturer. With a hybrid background in dance, cognitive science and interactive technologies, he investigates the intersection of the performance of motion with new media technologies and explores the use of on-line platforms for collaborative creativity, knowledge distribution and social innovation in trans-local communities and contexts.
He is the creator/producer of dance-tech.net (an social networking website), dance-techTV, a collaborative internet video channel and of the dance-tech.net interviews series exploring innovation and interdisciplinary investigations on the performance of movement.
He has participated as a guest lecturer/ workshop leader, researcher in residency, consultant and media partner for many organizations in the US, Europe, South America, the Middle East and North Africa.
In the US he danced for choreographers Susan Marshal, Lynn Shapiro, Bill Young, Dean Moss and Merian Soto , among others and the musicians John Zorn, Eric Friedlander and Philip Grass.
He holds an MFA in Dance and Technology (real-time digital technology, performance of improvisation and cognition) from The Ohio State University, USA.