"MEETING | REUNIÓN" at Matadero Madrid
22:00 - 01:00, June 4&5, 2010
Abierto x Obras, 14 paseo de la chopera, Madrid

LaptopsRus "MEETING | REUNIÓN" is open public meeting of women live performers set inside an electronically updated boxing ring installation. Meeting as performance, Reunion as tournament, women with laptops play with or against each other in collaborative and challenging ways. The laptop generation, each a mobile agent with own laptop, each claims her personal style while embracing interactive performance platform. Modeling after women wrestler's tournament where women fight and sweat, "MEETING | REUNIÓN" presents an innovative form of live audiovisual performance. Each round of play situates two women on the opposite ringside, surrounded by video projections, aided by DJ sound system and moderated by a Matrix Mistress (MM). With preset play order , each live performer (invited and through open call) takes her side of the ring. Play rules are communicated. The audience are encouraged to be actively involved, through collective vocal expression, to decide the playtime of each performer. Not unlike break dance showoff, each performer gets her playtime while anticipating chaotic intervention. In this tournament, no winners are to be declared. It is freestyle street culture - women in fight, in love, expressing (E)motion via their laptops with pixels and codes.

Started with a Spring season performance in Vision'R Paris, By spring 2010, LaptopsRus has completed a cycle of 4 seasons planned for its 2009-2010 tour. This year end tournament live performance at Matadero, by its scale and duration (2 nights, 3 hour per night), is a celebration, a solidarity networking gala event for the laptop woman generation.

We expand the thematic visual approach to include four seasons, each season corresponds to the classic element. Each performer chooses a season/an element for its visual live-mix. Each element can be broadly interpreted as follows:

Spring [Air]: ideas, intellectual, sanguine, upload, mobile ...
Summer [Fire]: riots, war, revolution, choleric, passion, creation, destructions ...
Autumn [Earth]: growth, eco, landscape, human, melancholic ...
Winter [Water]: survival, moist, emotion, phlegmatic ...

This "MEETING | REUNIÓN" invites participation from local and international woman live performers, known or unknown in the currnet AV festival circuits. Young, old, experienced, not-so-experienced, locals, out of towners all gather together to build and grow a dynamic woman AV performance network.

Workshop Medialab Prado (June 5)

Conference Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía (June 4 & 6)