The Togethering Lab
Typically a laggy and imperfect approximation of “presence” between talking heads, video conferencing software affords relatively untapped potentials for collective sensory attunement. Hearkening back to Dennis Oppenheim’s classic studies, and particularly his 1971 “Two Stage Transfer Drawing (Returning to a Past State)” in which he draws on his daughter’s back, who in turn transfers the drawing to the paper in front of her, as well as Surrealist and Situationist practices, this experiment involves drawing based on watching only the body movements of the next experimenter in the chain. By attending to subtle whole body gestures, typically bracketed out of our digital experience, the experimenters see how closely they can draw together as an embodied collective in the digital space.
With The Togethering Lab