Practice of Mini-Rioting

One of the parachutist attempting to hijack a bus

The practice of mini-rioting consists on the deployment of troops of mini-warriors. I started working with this idea last year when I was trying to establish contact with the City of Fear. The first troop I deployed was a troop of parachutists.

The parachutists were loaded with the fiction of invasion; they are hybrid entities, toys attached to fictional universes. They were meant to function as carriers, as weapons, and were being deployed on another hybrid, the City of Fear. These hybrids are compounds of multiple layers, some of which are fictional, others are physical, some are political, some who knows what. We have the capacity to intervene in some of those layers, and therefore intervene in the production of this hybrid reality. And that’s where the troops come in. However, the tactic is far from being mature and is questionable for many reasons.

My argument is that fictions are being manufactured on a daily basis and have a massive impact on the emergence of reality. To back up my argument I studied the exploitation of the threat of terrorism as a fiction that works as a weapon of control. Fictions can be seen as codes being run on flesh. The idea of fiction as mode of deviation aims either at subverting such fictions or at creating alternative ones. These are obviously not original ideas (see Kodwo Eshun on Sonic Fiction, ccru, K-punk).

The problem is: from theory to practice I always experience a considerable loss. The actualization of ideas is often frustrating, and I wonder how much of a subversion these troops operate, and how much they are able to create any kind of interference to other more powerful master narratives. Those powerful narratives are perpetuated via a massive bombarding. The fiction of the threat of terrorism becomes a virtual entity with important effects on the plane of the actual through a constant attack on the population. Next to such campaigns, my practice can only be called mini-rioting.

Virtual fireflies is my last troop deployment. They were deployed through the airwaves (Resonance Fm) and were meant to penetrate the brains of the listeners and unleash some sort of transformations. Half essay, half radio art, half sonic fiction, the piece depicts the scary scenario of a city where freedom of movement is granted in exchange for traceability.

What I like about the fireflies is that within the fiction of the city of fear they are luminous agents, transmuting fear into light. Combusting the fictions of threat to produce some creative energy. When these entities get into your body you feel the rush of desire, your body is temporarily taken out of automated movements and forced to re-imagine reality.

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    Olga carries practical and theoretical research in the field of media arts. She works as a co-editor with while she pursues a practice-based PhD at Goldsmiths. Her research project looks into assemblages of sunlight, human bodies and machines. She is particularly interested on subtle modes of communication across bodies of radically different nature. She looks at the ways in which electronic circuits, computational systems, endocrine processes and neurological happenings intermingle. The tools she develops are speculations about the undercurrents of body communication.
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