with Chamber Made (2022)
Featuring solo soprano voice accompanied by an ensemble of 49 tablet devices, My Self in That Moment is a compelling exploration of the fragmented and distributed self in the digital age. Led by Chamber Made Artistic Director Tamara Saulwick, the elements of live performance, spatialised sound, and screen-based visuals come together in this unique intersection of the human and the technological.
The audience is at first immersed in a haunting sound world where they witness the gradual reveal of a disquieting installation of screens, the image of the performer is built, distorted and dismantled. From here, they move to an intimate in-the-round performance where the relationship between vocalist and tablets, between person and image, body and utterance unfolds in a series of complex and hypnotic sequences.
My Self in That Moment is an affective meditation on the ever-multiplying archive of the self, a ritual of endless construction and deconstruction, a disturbing and effecting portrayal of the fragmentation of our enmeshed digital existence. Chamber Made has a reputation for bringing performance, sound and music together in surprising ways. My Self in That Moment takes the company’s hybrid experimentation to a new level.
“captivating and utterly original” Arts Hub
“My Self at That Moment opens up crucial areas for reflection, especially at a time when the digital self has become a proxy for the real … Voice and image become increasingly distorted through replication, imitation, pixelation, multiplication, looping and fragmentation. The voice is layered and transformed in impossible ways. Images of her physical body are eventually eroded, until all that remains are fragments of a former self.” The Conversation
Concept & Direction: Tamara Saulwick
Performer & Collaborator: Jessica Aszodi
Performer & Collaborator: Alice Hui-Sheng Chang
Performer & Collaborator: Tina Stefanou
Composer & Sound Artist: Peter Knight
Photographer: Sarah Walker
Dramaturg: Martyn Coutts
Creative Coder & Programmer: Steve Berrick
Lighting Designer: Amelia Lever-Davidson
Costume: Geoffrey Watson
Technical Operator: Giovanna Yate Gonzalez
Production Manager: Matt Gingold
Substation, Melbourne 2022