This event is part of our Past Programme
Chia Amisola premiered a new desktop performance that summons obselete technologies invoking the early internet, featuring popups and feedback loops in a symphony of tabs, windows and browser histories.
Considering hypertext as a mode of performance as much as medium, this ‘internet ambient’ turns the surveilled, online and violent landscape into a symphonic cybernetic ecology. Unfolding self-preservation as a practice of communal preservation, repetition as ritual and the website as a site, the audience was invited to a desktop performance followed by a Q&A.
After the event premiere, the artist went to sleep to further perform new dream sequences at randomly-announced times on the Screen Walks Twitch channel.
Chia Amisola is an internet & ambient artist. Their ‘internet ambient’ explores the internet's love, labor, and liberation as situated in ecology, opacity, visibility, infrastructure, & territory. Amidst a postcolonial internet of extremes, their (web)site-specific art (in form of websites, hypertext, performance, installations, games, archives, & tools) posits self-preservation as communal preservation, creation as synonymous with liberation, and identity as a source of infrastructure-building. They are the Founder of Developh, a Filipino critical technology institute founded in 2016 and the Editor & Curator behind the Philippine Internet Archive, stewarding Filipino internet histories & counternarratives. Chia’s work, talks, & performances have been shown in Manila, Berlin, London, Toronto, New York, and San Francisco; and have been featured in the New Yorker. They received a BA in Computing & the Arts from Yale University in 2022.