Tinderpolitics (“Snow angels?” vs. “Now?”) @ W-est end izakaya - Ex Bravo, Brussels [30 mars]

Tinderpolitics (“Snow angels?” vs. “Now?”)

19:00 - 22:00

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W-est end izakaya - Ex Bravo
Aalststraat 7, 1000 Brussels, Belgium
— So, you are from Lithuania?
— No, I'm from Latvia
— Ahh…
— It's next to Russia…
— I see. Lots of snow?
— Yes
— Do you make snow angels?

— near. I can accomm.
— top?
— yes. Now?
— there in 5

((((((((A disco sour performance)))))))))

Tinderpolitics explores the differences between gay dating apps, such as Grindr, and straight dating apps, such as Tinder, through the actual encounter, dialogue, and unpack social and political agendas that each of them entail. In times where one's desires are just a swipe away, the model that satisfies the public of short attention span seems to be applicable also to other sides of life, such as different types of voting systems and opinion pools.

The world of dating apps might seem rather homogenous at the first sight, but different apps represent different strategies and intensity of encounter, and thus different agendas behind it, narratives unveiled during the performance. Through the apps, the relationship between consciousness and sensibility is transformed and the exchange of signs undergoes a process of increasing desensitazion, moving from the realm of conjunction to the one of connection, seen as the punctual and repeatable interaction of algorithmic functions.

A live performance by:
Liva Dudareva & Eduardo Cassina, METASITU
Giuseppe Porcaro, Disco Sour


The performance will feed the writing of “Disco Sour”, a science fiction book by Giuseppe Porcaro set in a parallel universe where tinder-like apps replace elections. It is a story about Bastian Balthazar Bux, a smartphone addict, young political leader on the verge of a breakdown, a character “in transit”, dis-jointed, out of place, and time.


Situations occurring during the performence might inspire some scenes of the book. Names, characters, businesses, places, events and incidents will be used in a fictitious manner. Any resemblance to actual persons, living or dead, or actual events will be purely coincidental.


METASITU is a collective for developing future urban scenarios, founded in 2014 by Liva Dudareva and Eduardo Cassina. Often finding solutions by shifting existing paradigms and subverting prevalent behaviors, re-directing existing systems towards other ends; METASITU’s projects are directed to innovating strategies for resilience through building a body of knowledge and understanding about the way (urban) territories are inhabited. METASITU’s practice is framed within the precept of Ecumenopolis, the understanding of the whole World as one continuous urban fabric. METASITU’s work has been exhibited at The Architecture Biennale (Venice),tranzit.hu(Budapest), ISEA14 (Dubai), Kunsthalle (Vienna), The Benaki Museum (Athens), Izolyatsia (Kiev/Mariupol), Zarya (Vladivostok), Garage Museum of Contemporary Art, The Strelka Institute and the Schusev Museum of Architecture (Moscow) among others.

Giuseppe Porcaro is a geographer, a writer and a political scientist and a lover. He heads the communications’ team of Bruegel, the European think tank specialising in economic policy. He comes originally from Naples (IT) and lives in Brussels since 2007. Giuseppe explores the links between the concepts of future, utopia, hope and their geopolitical and social patterns. He has recently written about the impact of new technology, such as the Internet of Things, on politics and on the future of elections. He was Secretary General of the European Youth Forum between 2009 and 2014 and he holds a PhD in Geography of Development from the University of Naples “L’Orientale”.

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