Daniela Kostova, Galina Kumanova & Olivia Robinson

Negotiation is a wearable interactive video system that combines textiles and technology to explore concepts of identity creation, presence and absence, integration and estrangement in different political and cultural environments. During site-specific performances, video from two characters (an Alien and an Authority) are composited and displayed real-time creating a negotiated final video that highlights boundaries. While in Sardinia, Italy, the performance brought attention to the limits of cross-cultural communication between “us” and “others,” the characters and the federal police, the police and “others,” as well as between the two characters. While drawing from theoretical concepts like the “invisible immigrant” and “double consciousness,” the warped video is a metaphor for how one’s image and self-identity is a negotiation between the watcher, the watched, and the environment.