Love at First Byte is a continuation of Dragana Bulut’s research on the commodification of emotions. After dealing with the commodification of happiness and fear in her recent works, she now investigates the commodification of love and its social choreography as a tool to reflect on social changes in our affective realm.
This research unpacks the complex relationship between love and technology, focusing on the questions of ethics and the implications new technologies have on the future of human relations. Can technological developments offer alternatives to love, instead of providing further grounds for its commodification?
A project by Dragana Bulut. Coproduction: PACT Zollverein (Essen).
Supported by Fonds Darstellende Künste with funds from the Federal Government Commissioner for Culture and the Media as part of NEUSTART KULTUR. In cooperation with TATWERK. Supported by Realbotix.
Concept, artistic direction, research direction: Dragana Bulut
By and with: Caroline Neill Alexander
Dramaturgy: Andrew Hardwidge
Lighting design: Fabian Bleich
Technical support: Heinrich Mellman
Expert:inside Input: Dr. Yuefang Shou, Kate Devlin
Assistance: Benjamin Fischer, Beatrice Zanesco
Production management: Chris Wohlrab (Tatwerk)
Dragana Bulut is a Berlin-based artist from Belgrade who works with choreography and performance. She considers theatre as a public forum: a place of social gathering for the critical investigation of the various structures and intersections of aesthetics, economics, and emotions. Appropriating established formats, she creates performances rooted in the tension between material and immaterial realms, between tangibility and affects, to explore the space between reality and fiction. These social choreographies bring to light the often overlooked, shifting processes that choreograph our behavior as a society. Bulut is currently using the medium of social choreography to explore the commodification of emotions.