“READ ME!" I’m a 24 year-old girl making a documentary film. I’m looking for strangers. I meet you at your place and film how we get to know each other. We shakehands and the camera is on the table for both of us to use. Msg me if you want to meet :) ”For the past years Samira Elagoz has been collecting personal experiences and intimate encounters with strangers. Through Craigslist, an internationally active internet network, she arranged one-on-one meetings with a wide variety of men and observed how they react to her. The set up is simple - she brings a camera, and films how they get to know each other.
A film by: Samira Elagoz
Advice: Jeanette Groenendaal, Bruno Listopad
Sound: David Krooshof
With the support of: The Finnish Cultural Foundation, Blooom Award and SNDO
Samira Elagoz’ performance “Cock, Cock.. Who’s There?” is in the festival program on October 31.
The performance, as shown during NUP, is the first try out of “Fuchsia” before its premiere and after finishing the threepart research period. The project was initially set off in Estonia in September 2015, developed further for the performance in April 2016 in Amsterdam and transformed into an online gallery exhibition.
The aim of the project was to investigate how the imperative for autopoiesis, which is imposed by the Internet, has influenced Metsalu’s life and art production and what are the conditions and possibilities of selfsubjectification that happens while designing and mediating one's own image via social networks. Throughout the research trilogy Metsalu proposed an investigation of modes of exhibiting and producing by taking a faux art gallery as a character as the starting point. Within this setting she continues to develop topics around her experience as a cam girl, relations between IRL and URL, her virtual obsession, hyperconsciousness and the influence social media and her life online has had on her persona, including the immense loneliness which this self exposure has led to. Metsalu`s body seems to aim for its own disintegration and reconciliation when mirrored through the beholder's gaze by her investing in precarious intensities, oscillating between states of pleasure, indifference and suffering. Such is the outcome of her obstinate desire to take charge of the design of her on subjectivity and her body image in relation to fashion, contemporary design and visual culture, as she is interested in the fabrication of her body as a character and as a brand displayed in a flickery landscape. Throughout the“Fuchsia” project Metsalu questions the arbitrariness of her working life through acts of selfdisplay as an object of spectacle something that she both embraces and refuses and has an interest in creating an almost allinclusive structure, which can accommodate both chaos and its refusal through an organising symmetry and iconographic imagery.
Maria Metsalu (1990) is an Estonian choreographer and performer who finished her studies in SNDO (School for New Dance Development) in 2016. She creates mainly solo works with an ongoing interest in the production of her own persona, self mythologisation of it and her own autopoiesis. Exploring physical and virtual realities, bringing them together, understanding the differences of those two in terms of interaction, social exchange and transformation are important aspects of her research process. She aims to articulate relations between visual culture, identity, appropriation, telepresence and voyeurism using self referential relationships with corporate technologies. She received the DanceWEB scholarship in ImpulsTanz Vienna in 2014. Amongst others Maria Metsalu has worked together and performed for with Nils Amadeus Lange, Tino Sehgal, Vincent Riebeek, Manuel Scheiwiller, Fernando Belfiore and Samira Elagoz.
Choreography: Maria Metsalu
Dancers: Maria Metsalu, Charlie Laban Trier
Advisors: Nils Amadeus Lange, Nikola Knezevic
Set design: Nikola Knezevic Styling: Viktorija Medvedeva
Text: “HARDCORE”, adaptations from “Dear Esther” (The Chinese Room), “Firewatch” (Campo Santo), “Everybody's Gone to the Rapture” (The Chinese Room, SIE Santa Monica Studio), “The Void” (IcePick Lodge, ND Games), “CHYRZA” (Kitty Horrorshow)
Voice edit: Steve Martin Snider
Parts of music composed by: BaoTran Tran (Mobilegirl)
Thanks to: Bruno Listopad, Tomislav Feller, Kanuti Gildi SAAL, Konstanet, Jaagup Metsalu, Liis Serk, SNDO