26 June – 13 September 2013
Blog post by Kellen Hoxworth
At the risk of excessive self-referentiality, this post focuses on the performance of the psi19performanceblog to date. The data presented in this post derives from the administrative pages of the psi19performanceblog, as provided by WordPress. In total, the blog has received 4,090+ visits from countries around the world. Though the United States of America appears to be by far the most dominant presence on the blog, it should be noted that all visits during the PSi 19 Conference at Stanford were registered through IP addresses within the U.S., and so, material sitedness overwrote more nuanced possible traffics.
Somewhat unsurprisingly, this blog has attracted strong attention from Anglophone nations. Particular focus seems to have come from the United States, the United Kingdom, and former colonies of the British Empire–namely, Canada, Australia, and South Africa. Perhaps most notable, though, is the relative lack of pattern that emerges in relative densities of visits to the site. Europe, South America, and Oceania are all well-represented. Meanwhile, Asia, Africa, and the Middle East are present in unequally weighted parts. Hemispheric biases, colonial remnants, and new traffics can be traced across these maps. Past, present, and future coexist on the same plane.
Perhaps, then, this data may speak to the value of PSi’s future interventions, particularly in light of PSi #20: Avant-Garde, Tradition, Community in Shanghai, and PSi 2015’s Fluid States – Performances of Unknowing. Each of these future interventions will take PSi to places currently “off the map” generated by this blog. In moving the material bases of PSi away from the traditionally privileged centers of performance studies knowledge production, these future events may help to re-map the structures, networks, and flows of PSi. What will the digital maps of PSi #20 or of Fluid States look like? Where will they find their centers? And how will different materialities continue to make their presences known through digital media?
Through such maps and data, we may trace the erasures and ghosts of the past as they linger (or not) in the palimpsestic present. Similarly, through this blog, which will remain available for the indefinite future, an archive of PSi 19 will remain live to the uses and pleasures of those to come. Throughout, we have attempted to perform in the service of the field, even as the field shifts beneath our feet. Moving forward (or backward, or sideways), we may make many uses of the past recorded here. We hope that you do so as well.