Erica Scourti (Artist)
This talk draws on Scourti’s ongoing research into the narration of identity through unintentional archives, and reflects her current interest in the mattering and agency of bodily experience. It will focus on Scourti’s interest in an ‘ utobiography beyond words’, written through processes of digital and bodily automation and outsourcing. Scout will discuss recent work grounded in a feminist practice, such as her video project Exit Scripts, which drew on 18 months of voice memos analysed according to 'emotional valence' in voice, to explore the quantification of vibes, moods, arousal and other increasingly intimate forms of affective measure. Linking this to her previous work around profiling, such as The Outage, a ghost-written memoir drawn only from her digital footprint, she will discuss her current interest in biometrics and the notion of 'the digital' as fully entangled within wider social, biological and technological systems.
Erica Scourti is an artist and writer, born in Athens and now based mostly in London. Her work explores biographical writing and bodily inscription in the performance and representation of subjectivity. Recent solo shows include Chief Complaint at Almanac, London and Spill Sections at StudioRCA (both 2018); group shows include the High Line, New York, Wellcome Collection, Kunsthalle Wien, Hayward Gallery, EMST Athens. Her writing has been published in Spells: 21st Century Occult Poetry (Ignota Press, 2018) and Fiction as Method (Sternberg, 2017) amongst others. Scourti is an AHRC-funded PhD student at Goldsmiths, and is guest editor of the Happy Hypocrite journal (forthcoming 2019).