Where Is My Privacy

This project took place on the internet in 2006. During 7 months Mette Ingvartsen, Sirah Foighel Brutmann and Manon Santkin experimented with how to make a choreography together without ever seeing each other, nor working together in the same space. They used YouTube as their only form of communication, with one single restriction; to never up load videos of their dancing!

The project was an attempt to work with new communication tools as a condition of image and thought production. It was a reflection on how general understandings of privacy have been dismantled and reconfigured through the appearance of communication tools such as Facebook, Skype, Myspace and YouTube. It was a way to physically embody the possibility of free internet distribution symbolized by the ‘encouraging’ broadcast yourself culture where people happily exposing their thoughts, actions, trivial desires and personal gossip. A tendency creating a hype around exposing what in prior times could be understood as belonging to the private sphere.

What happens when trying to infiltrate these systems of communication in order to make a dance performance? Where Is My Privacy is a series of 100 videos containing the entirely of the exchange that Manon, Sirah and Mette had on YouTube until they finally met in Paris in order to physically dance together. To see the entire communication click here



Videos by: Manon Santkin, Mette Ingvartsen & Sirah Foighel Brutmann
Following a concept by: Mette Ingvartsen
Production Management: Kerstin Schroth
Produced by: Mette Ingvartsen / Great Investement
Supported by: 6 Month 1 Location, Centre Chorégraphique National de Montpellier Languedoc Roussillon & LE CENTQUARTRE (Paris)