Highly-online writer Asher Wolf explores how digital and physical realities bleed, musing on the social construction of identity and entropy while taking a walk in an isolated forest during the time of COVID-19.Arts House has commissioned a series of written and audio works from Witness Performance, to explore the relationship between live performance and the new digital landscapes that art inhabits as part of BLEED Echo, a public program responding to and ricocheting from the five artist projects and curatorial conversations of BLEED.
- Presented by Arts House, City of Melbourne as part of BLEED 2020.
- Credit in the Real World: Decay and Digital Identity was commissioned by Witness Performance through Arts House, City of Melbourne for BLEED 2020.
- BLEED is supported by the Australian Government through the Australia Council for the Arts, City of Campbelltown through Campbelltown Arts Centre and City of Melbourne through Arts House.
ScheduleEssay released 20 July
Expected read time: 15 mins
Founded in March 2018 by Alison Croggon and Robert Reid, Witness (witnessperformance.com) is a non-commercial online site that answers the essential need for thoughtful, informed critical discussion of the performing arts. Witness publishes long-form critique that places work in its aesthetic, social and historical contexts. It seeks to complement and expand the product-oriented reviews and news-based articles that dominate contemporary discussion of Australian performing arts. As part of its core mission Witness has mentored many new voices, expanding the discussion around performing arts to writers and thinkers most often marginalised in traditional media, including First Nations and disabled critics. Its activities include reviews and essays on contemporary performance, podcasts and videos.
Asher Wolf is a data rights activist whose work focuses on the intersection of technology and human rights. In 2012, they founded Cryptoparty, a decentralised, privacy-focused movement. Wolf was a lead organiser on the campaign against the automation of debt recovery by Australian government program Centrelink, which led to welfare recipients paying miscalculated debts because of errors in the system. The process, known as “robodebts,” was recently found to be unlawful via a High Court case, and a class action is pending. A radically thriving sole parent, Wolf is a feral chaos-magnet who occasionally howls at the moon and revels in making architects of oppressive systems uncomfortable. Asher is also a recipient of an Amnesty Human Rights Media Award.