Pandemic Encounters ::: being [together] in the deep third space – May 23

Unknown author – Scanned from (2009) Viruses, Plagues, and History: Past, Present and Future, Oxford University Press, USA, p. 60 ISBN0-19-532731-4.
16th century Aztec drawing of smallpox victims

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Pandemic Encounters is a networked performance installation inhabited by the live chroma-figure of Paul Sermon. Participants are invited to enter into the deep third space to engage & perform a ritual action as a reflection on the Covid-19 state of being[together] remotely. Each action has its own form: an artistic expression, a scientific analysis, a poetic rendering, a political manifesto, a social critique, a dystopic cry of distress, a subtle movement, a moment of catharsis, or a call in the night from some distant corner of the world. Pandemic Encounters is a collective/creative response to a global pandemic that has triggered an unfolding metamorphosis of the human condition.

Annie Abrahams (France), Clarissa Ribeiro (Brazil), Roberta Buiani(Canada), Andrew Denton (New Zealand), Bhavani Esapathi (UK), Tania Fraga (Brazil), Satinder Gill (US), Birgitta Hosea (UK), Charles Lane (US), Ng Wen Lei (Singapore), Marilene Oliver (Canada), Serena Pang (Singapore), Daniel Pinheiro (Portuga), Olga Remneva (Russia), Toni Sant (UK), Rejane Spitz (Brazil), Atau Tanaka (UK)

World Times:
San Francisco: May 23, 2020, 9:00–10:30 a.m.
New York: May 23, 2020, 12:00–1:30 p.m.
London: May 23, 2020, 5:00–6:30 p.m.
Sao Paulo: May 23, 2020, 1:00–2:30 p.m.
Hong Kong: May 24, 2020, 12:00–1:30 a.m.
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In this perilous time, we are witnessing the global phenomenon of a migration into the third space with unknown existential ramifications. We find ourselves, en masse, in a strange new world, a new medial landscape, like a hall of mirrors, gazing at reflections of ourselves + others through the lens of the ubiquitous Webcam. We have been forced into this telematic world to remove and isolate ourselves from the hellish outside reality of the pandemic. The third space has become for many a safe haven from a world turned upside down, a safety net, or a buffer zone to salvage and resurrect human contact – virtually – while remaining separated by distance & geography.

Pandemic Encounters is intended to collectively explore the implications of this migratory transition into the third space. Even when we return to the so-called normal, we will be changed, when social interaction & human engagement will have undergone a radical transformation. Who knows what this new world will look like, and who knows to what degree our social behaviors, interactions, intimacies, and creative actions will have been forever altered & reconfigured.

Deep Third Space Virtual Research Platform
The Deep Third Space Virtual Research Platform is a creation of the Third Space Network for networked experimentation, a place to rethink online social interactions, to explore virtual touch, remote intimacies, networked presence, telematic histories, and the distributed gaze. The deep third space is a place that more than anything resembles lucid dreaming, free from the constraints of the physical laws of the known world.


Paul Sermon
Paul Sermon was born in Oxford, England, 1966. He was Awarded the Prix Ars Electronica Golden Nica, in the category of interactive art, for the hyper media installation ‘Think about the People now’ in Linz, Austria, September 1991. w:

Randall Packer
Since the 1980s, multimedia artist, composer, writer and educator Randall Packer has worked at the intersection of interactive media, live performance, and networked art. He has received critical acclaim for his socially and politically infused critique of media culture, and has performed and exhibited at museums, theaters, and festivals internationally. w:

Gregory Kuhn
Gregory Kuhn has participated in the avant-garde of the performing arts since 1986, as sound engineer, scenic designer, composer, and collaborator. Since 1988 in the San Francisco Bay Area, he has contributed to numerous arts organizations, institutions, and individuals on a great diversity of local, national, and international projects for theater, multimedia, dance, and experimental and contemporary music performances. Kuhn is also an interdisciplinary artist.

Third Space Network
The Third Space Network is an artist-driven Internet platform for staging creative dialogue, live performance and uncategorizable activisms: social empowerment through the act of becoming our own broadcast media. A project of Creative Director Randall Packer, the Third Space Network explores the Internet as a theater of the future, a place for live artistic experimentation and new forms of social interaction. w:

Global LASER is a new series of networked events that bring together artists, scientists, and technologists in the creation of experimental forms of live Internet performance and creative dialogue.

LASER (Leonardo Art Science Evening Rendezvous) is Leonardo/ISAST’s international program of evening gatherings that bring artists and scientists together to provide the general public with a snapshot of the cultural environment of a region and to foster interdisciplinary networking. w:

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