Erica Mott Productions, in collaboration with Chicago Danztheatre Ensemble and Ezzat Ezzat Contemporary Dance Studio (Cairo, Eygpt) present,
Developed through a series of one-to-one cultural exchanges between Egyptian and American musical composers, dancers, technologists and new media artists, Mycelial: Street Parliament, is an interactive exhibition that examines civic participation, social movements and interconnectedness in the digital age. Mycelial: Street Parliament is directed by Erica Mott Productions in collaboration with Chicago Danztheatre Ensemble and Ezzat Ezzat Contemporary Dance Studio.
Now more than ever, social media is a dominant force in galvanizing people to fight injustice on a local and global scale. Movements like #MeToo and Black Lives Matter rely on media activism strategies through twitter, facebook and Instagram to successfully activate the community. However, these technologies were first introduced as weapons of protest in 2011 during the Arab Spring, a revolution that spread across six Arab countries, and Occupy Wall Street movements. The work presented in Mycelial: Street Parliament draws on data obtained from the original digital expressions (text messages, images, emojjs, etc.) of activists involved in Arab Spring and Occupy Wall Street to ask whether art and technology can create an a cultural experience that resembles the physical and emotional sensations of a social uprising. What are our embodied experiences of occupation and revolution? Where does resistance live outside of kind acts towards one-another or protests?
Image from presentation of, "Mycelial: Street Parliament" with EMP and EECDS during Summer 2017 at High Concept Labs (Chicago).