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Photos for jobe #2, photograph printed on mirror, 19982013, courtesy Ann Hirsch, 2014

Photos for jobe #2, photograph printed on mirror, 19982013, courtesy Ann Hirsch, 2014

Photos for jobe #2, photograph printed on mirror, 19982013, courtesy Ann Hirsch, 2014

The Posthuman Era Became A Girl

Fri 25 - Sat 26 Jul 2014



Premier of 
Playground by Ann Hirsch: Fri 25 Jul, 7.30pm, Tickets £8/£5 conc, The George Wood Theatre, Goldsmiths. No tickets available on the door. 

Performance by Jenna Sutela with Panel Discussion between Ann Hirsch, Jenna Sutela and Giulia Smith: Sat 26 Jul, 3pm, Tickets £5/£3 conc, South London Gallery, Clore Studio. Some cancelation tickets may be available on the door.  

Joint Tickets For Both Fri & Sat £10/£6 conc.

There is a limited amount of free tickets available for students from Goldsmiths University for the event on Fri 25 July. Reservations can be made by calling the desk at the South London Gallery. Student ID must be shown. 

The Posthuman Era Became A Girl is was a two-day event hosted by the South London Gallery in collaboration with Digital Culture Unit, Goldsmiths, University of London. The event showcased the UK premieres of Ann Hirsch’s Playground and Jenna Sutela’s New Degrees of Freedom, as well as screenings and a contextual discussion.

Fri 25 Jul
Playground is the UK premier of the play by New York based video and performance artist Ann Hirsch. Drawing on the artist’s own experiences as one of the first generations to really grow up online, the ‘coming-of-age’ story considers the construction of gender and sexuality as lived out through AOL chat rooms in the late 1990s.  

Sat 26 Jul
A panel discussion between artists Ann Hirsch and Jenna Sutela and Giulia Smith. Accompanied by the UK premier of New Degrees of Freedom, which is a living media project by the Helsinki-based writer and artist Jenna Sutela, with graphic designer Johanna Lundberg and collaborators. Sutela proposes that the body cannot be emancipated online and instead attempts to take up desires of the early internet, this time offline. 

The project’s title (The Posthuman Era Became A Girl) is taken from a text by Elvia Wilk, and is organised by curators Rózsa Farkas and Helen Kaplinsky, with the South London Gallery, Arcadia Missa, Goldsmiths CCS, and Rhizome. Thanks also for support for Playground from Lower Manhattan Cultural Council, and for New Degrees of Freedom from Svenska Kulturfonden and Frame Visual Art Finland.

*AIM is shorthand for AOL Instant Messenger, TAZ for Temporary Autonomous Zones

Booking is essential. Book online or call 020 7703 6120. 

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Ann Hirsch
 (b.1984) is a video and performance artist who looks at the ways technology has influenced popular culture and gender. Her research has included becoming a YouTube camwhore, amassing over two million views on her videos, as well as making appearances on some popular reality television shows including as a romantic contestant on Vh1's Frank the Entertainer...In a Basement Affair. She was awarded a 2012–13 Rhizome commission for her two person play Playground, which debuted at the New Museum to a sold out crowd. Her companion ebook, Twelve was censored from the iTunes store but is now available through Klaus von Nichtssagend Gallery. She has been an artist in residence at Yaddo, Atlantic Center for the Arts and the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council. Her work has been written about for The New York Times, and more. Ann currently resides in Brooklyn.

Jenna Sutela (b.1983, Finland) works with words and structures in the fields of design, art and media. Her written, performed and curatorial projects seek to identify and react to precarious social and material moments – most recently, the relationship between the body and its technologically-mediated environment. Sutela's work has been presented, among other places, at Museum of Contemporary Art Kiasma in Helsinki and as part of New Museum's events in New York. She is a contributor to several international publications, including frieze magazine and the Solution book series by Sternberg Press, and has a background in media studies. New Degrees of Freedom is a collaborative production with Johanna Lundberg (b.1982, Finland). She is a graphic designer specialized in digital environments and publications. Last year, Sutela and Lundberg collaborated on ADD METAPHYSICS, a project about digital materialities at Aalto University's School of Arts, Design and Architecture.

Giulia Smith is an art historian and writer. Smith is currently researching her PhD in the History of Art Department, UCL, where she works as a teaching assistant on modern and contemporary art. Smith's doctoral research focuses on the representation of the social body in fifties art and architecture across Europe. Recently she has co-organised BOOM! Growth, Form and Sustainable Bodies, 1946-1967 (conference, UCL) in conjunction with the Richard Hamilton Retrospective at Tate Modern (2014), and Re-Materialising Feminism (conference, installation and publication, ICA and Showroom). Her writing has appeared on This is Tomorrow, Frieze Magazine and Art Monthly. Formerly Smith worked at the Drawing Centre and the Guggenheim Museum, New York.



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