EMPRES: The Art of Noises V(irtual)

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Oxford University’s EMPRES Collective and Modern Art Oxford once more join forces to present a series of innovative performances and installations that explore the boundaries between music, art and technology.

This time they are joined by celebrated performance artist and researcher Atau Tanaka; film-makers Henrietta Williams and Merijn Royyards; and finalists of the EMPRES Prize 2020 – a call-for-works ran during the first 2020 lockdown focusing on Collaboration, Collectivity and the Digital Arts.

Individual events will be streamed nightly on YouTube through the week, all starting at 7:30pm.



Thursday 26 November | Film Screening: State of Exception – a project by Merijn Royaards & Henrietta Williams. Convened by Professor Gascia Ouzounian


Watch live here:




State of Exception charts a journey through the dystopian landscape of lockdown London, proposing a new form of engagement with online audiences.

A figure is portrayed through the machine vision of a thermal imaging camera. The heat of our bodies is now a key indicator of viral infection, the surveillant gaze inextricably bound to the heat sensor. A woman glows white with the warmth of her body, trapped within her domestic environment. She issues a set of instructions encouraging the viewer to join with others across digital space.