Performance Documentation in the Era of Mobile Internet
Rossa, Boryana. “From the Word of Mouth to Twitter: Performance Documentation in the Era of Mobile Internet” In Sexing the Border: Gender, Art and New Media in Central and Eastern Europe, edited by Katarzyna Kosmala and Angela Dimitrakaki. Cambridge: Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2014.
Sofia Queer Forum was conceived as an event which by means of contemporary art explores gender and sexuality as two parallel systems that affect each other and determine our evaluation of ourselves and the others. These two systems have strong influence on all aspects of culture and society. The influence of course, is mutual. Therefore, in focus is the evolution of the concepts “gender” and “sexuality” in relation to social, political, cultural and medical factors, specific for particular time and place.
This is the introduction of my dissertation "Post-Cold War Gender Performances. Cross-cultural examination of gender performances viewed through film re-enactments."
This practice based dissertation examines gender as “performance,” as defined by Judith Butler, and its transformations after the Cold War within the ex-socialist Europe. The examination of gender performances is made by analysis of influential films and by reenactments of scenes of these important cinematic works, represented as multichannel video projections. The films are from USSR, Russia, Bulgaria and Czechoslovakia and span the period from 1920s to the end of the 2000s. My hypothesis is that new insights about the changing concepts of gender roles and gender performances in post-socialist countries and globally since 1989 may be produced, not only through theoretical and textual analysis of history, but also through creation of original films that include reenactments of scenes from influential films. My artistic claim is that these new insights about gender performances may be obtained by not only reading a text but also by having a visual and aural, bodily experience, for both those who act in the films and those who view these artworks.
By Boryana Rossa and Oleg Mavromatti
"We declare gender an excessive “property” of human society, still inherent in human culture and biology, to be overcame completely in nearest future both morally and physically! We are sure that post-beings of the future will live in total harmony without such rudiments like sexual determination, liberated from intersexual conflicts and miss-communications. /…/ Woman is the Robot of the world."