Simon Senn: Live Stream Arielle F

July 17-18, 2020
In the frame of NorderZomerProgramma, Groningen, The Netherlands

Touching and unexpected online experience with a virtual woman

Although it may often appear otherwise, the virtual world and real world are not always diametrically opposed to one another, as is demonstrated by Simon Senn, a visual artist and video maker from Geneva, in this touching online theatrical performance. Senn purchased a true-to-life digital copy of a female body online, a body that he brings to life virtually using sensors. Using 3D glasses, he discovered what it feels like to have a female body. What do all the confusing feelings mean, when he sees himself like this? Is he allowed to do whatever he wants with her body, from a legal perspective? And who is she actually? Senn managed to track her down and engaged in a conversation about this ‘third’ body that stands between them. Arielle is now part of the project and will be present during the online performance. Together with her, a psychologist and a lawyer, Senn investigated the unexpected and uncanny entwining of technology, representation, gender and law. Be Arielle F is an online performance. A few days prior to the performance, you will receive the required link by email.
Moderator in collaboration with Clash Festival.

Concept and director: Simon Senn
With: Simon Senn, Arielle F. and a virtual body
Production: Compagnie Simon Senn
Coproduction: Théâtre Vidy-Lausanne- Le Grütli, Centre de production et de diffusion des Arts vivants – Théâtre le Loup
Broadcasting and touring: Théâtre Vidy-Lausanne
With the support of: Porosus – Pro Helvetia Swiss Art Council – Ernst Göhner Foundation – Pour-cent culturel Migros – Loterie Romande.

photo: Mathilda Olmi and Elisa Larvego