04 - 06 JUNE 2010


LaptopsRus concludes its 2009 – 2010 touring season with a spectacular performance at Matadero Madrid, a conference at Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía and an AVLAB workshop at Medialab Prado. LaptopsRus is an international project which brings together AV performers from different countries. While LaptopsRus curates and invites known or unknown AV performers, there is also an ALL-accepted web-based Open Call for woman live performers.

LaptopsRus is a network initiative which holds public MEETING | REUNIÓN with woman live performers in a tournament setting for its 2009-2010 touring season. The first ‘battle’ organized by LaptopsRus took place at the AV Festival Vision’R of Paris in the spring of 2009. Since then LaptopsRus has toured four seasons based on the four classic elements: spring / air (Paris and Geneva), summer / fire (Cáceres), Fall / earth (online), Winter /water (Berlin). LaptopsRus brings AV real time performance, which was usually presented in clubs and AV festivals, to Matadero Contemporary Art Center. To contextualize this genre of performance, a workshop and a conference are presented at Madrid’s leading medialab and museum (AVlab workshop at Medialab PRADO Madrid and a conference at Reina Sofía).

LaptopsRus is a project led by two multimedia artists, Maite Cajaraville, based in Madrid, and Shu Lea Cheang, who lives in Paris. With the intention to promote and network woman live performers, they create this “portable’ ring-setting event which can be held anywhere, even online. They use internet’s social networks (facebook, myspace, Vimeo, Flickr) to connect, share and network the laptop generation women.

Matadero Madrid – two performance nights on june 4 &5

Among the artists invited to the ‘Meeting / Reunion’ at Matadero Madrid are Chika (USA), Nikki (Italy), Randa Mirza (Lebanon), Soni- Riot (Germany), eM Tv and erelevil vj (France), a-li-ce (France), Paula Vélez (Colombia), Kowalski (Badajoz), Alba G. Corral (BCN), …


Medialab Prado – AVLAB workshop on June 5

Live coding, Live performance, Live cinema, live Art, Live a life! Laptopsrus leads the AVLAB workshop as an interactive platform invites local and international perfomers to discuss the ‘behind the scene’ hardware and software development in real time AV works..

Museo Reina Sofia – Generation Laptop Real Time Meeting

LaptopsRus in association with Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía presents “Generation Laptop Real Time” mini-conference. While digital art in installation/DVD Format has claimed exhibition space in the museums, the dynamic real time visual/audio processing works, , mostly presented at clubs and AV festivals, are yet to be explored and exhibited at the museum quarters. The conference, bringing together artists, curators, theorists, critics, practitioners, scholars, organizers and interventonists, provides a platform for critical review of contemporary AV live performance and further networks today’s laptop generation.



June 4 (Friday) – 11:00 – 14:00

SESSION 1 – IN PROCESS: coding AV live performance

The current ‘scene’ of AV live performance is constantly redefining the codes of processing AV materials. In this panel, we review terms of live processing with live performers, artists, trend watchers and cultural commentators. How can we advance the apprication of live art, processing art, code art as the most lively art form today ?

Panelists: Jose Luís Brea (Spain) , Things Happen (Spain) , José López-Montes (Spain) , Cornelia Lund (Germany)

June 5 (Friday) – 16:00 – 19:00

SESSION 2 – RIOT GIRLS TECHNO QUEEN: the rise of laptop generation women

We give a special spotlight for the rise of woman laptop generation. Tracing back cyberfeminism of early 90s to the emergence of social network and free software communities, This panel heralds a vibrant network of performing women claiming their space and bookmarks on the Net.

Panelists: Claudia Ossandón (Chile) , Julianne Pierce (Austrlia) , soni riot (Germany) , Miriam Ruiz (Spain) , Remedios Zafra (Spain)

June 6 (Sunday) – 11:00 – 14:00

SESSION 3 – IN ACTION: patching the networks

While we discuss the current AV performance practice and network possibilities, we focus the debate on – Collective action vs. Personal accent, commons vs.editions, public e-space, social network vs. urban screens. As we breathe the network culture daily, how can we further expand cross-platforms of AV performance?

Panelists: Jay Barros (Spain) , Alba G Corral (Spain) , Marco Mancuso & Claudia D’Alonzo for Digicult (Italy) , Javier Duero (Spain) , Anne roquigny (France)