Is This Thing On
net art
2022

Is This Thing On is a queer online performance series broadcast on the first-ever peer-to-peer livestream website. Powered by community not capital, performers and their audiences will stream future utopias safe from the reach of big tech. Our futures will be ephemeral, equitable, and personalized. The project website will only be accessible every other month for one night via a sliding-scale donation. The architecture and technology will be tailored for each staging using a minimum of a home page and three livestream rooms with the goal of commingling the performers’ audiences.



In his role as director, Clary will ask 18 invited performers to envision their utopic stream. Together, how can we engender queer kinship across genres? Through workshopping, he’ll guide them into trios based on similar interests and support each group in developing their missions, community rules, and technical requirements. The end result will be six stagings of utopia.

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Founders
Bhavik Singh
Christopher Clary
Molly Soda

Sarah Rothberg

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Looking for culture and tech partners to help with support, funding, and venues.

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Thankful to be an Eyebeam fellow, NEW INC member, commissioned by Rhizome, collected by MoMA, awarded by the New Jersey Council on the Arts, exhibited at Les Rencontres d’Arles, reviewed in Art in America, and bested by Hyperallergic.