Sarah-Dawn Albani practices theory. Her recent work confronts the isolation and anxiety of our digital age and its effects within our bodies. This confrontation becomes poetry, objects, sound, athletic action, family, home. Any practice that acknowledges and utilizes the physicality of being is taken up in an effort to consider the rapid changes to the physical that the virtual brings.
1. I have always been interested in processes that construct and transform the self. Travel, labor and repetition, trauma and violence, style, ritual and ecstatic states- I was looking for ways to reveal what I considered to be fantasies of individuality within networks of culture and organisms.
Seeking such experiences I built a home out of a school bus and traveled across the U.S. with my infant daughter. The urge for utopia at the turn of the millennium led me to settle down in Northern California and and begin homesteading off the grid in the woods with some of my friends- aiming to distance ourselves from what we saw as a failed and failing empire.
2. The empire did not fail- it fragmented. The utopia of the internet was colonized by capital and now the empire is virtual and multiplies itself every second. We did not know this was possible and that there would be no escaping. We did not know there would be these sorts of networks too.
The conditions of virtuality disappear the bodily processes of self making and curiously multiply and fragment the self. My current work looks for ways to consider the virtual self and the fear and anxiety it produces in the material body. The potential for virtual networks to illustrate the mechanisms of material networks and the way the self is produced through ongoing interactions with others, objects, and environment deserves curious questioning.
The relationship between westward expansion, yearnings for Utopia, technological elitism and the singularity are the subject of current research, writing, and performance.