The Malbody Centre will be presented as a multiparticipant environment that takes place in a speculative future setting, where wearables have become body protheses that mediate our senses, so-called e-bodilies. Protheses that are connected to networks controlled by large companies or states. The participant takes on the role of a malbody, a person with e-bodilies, who does not function according to the norm and must therefor be cast out of society.
This project is currently in development
‘There is no light so bright or there is a shadow’
An invitation to dance with your shadow…
A shadow always follows you, what if you follow your shadow?
Your body casts a shadow, but what shape does it take?
Every light causes a shadow, but what if a shadow alters the light?
And if we loose our shadow, do we loose ourselves?
This project is currently in development
in collaboration with Wen Chin Fu, Matteo Marangoni, Ibelisse Guardia Ferragutti, Jochem van Tol, Harpo ’t Hart
How to Defend Yourself From Danger is a participatory performance inviting the audience to take part in a self-defense workshop. Combining elements of slapstick comedy and gestalt psychology, the concept of safety is explored by examining how threats are perceived from the standpoint of our bodies and our senses. The Chinese proverb of the three wise monkeys states “see no evil, hear no evil, speak no evil”. Can we take control of our fears by taking control of our perceptions?
A cocoon lies on stage, barely recognisable in the dim light. An almost static chord is sounding in the space. The light changes in color – the chord is changing slowly in pitch and texture. The cocoon seems to move – the light seems to get brighter and gradually shift color. Suddenly a fast movement – a sound erupts into the space, the light flashes – then again everything quiets down – the movement, the sound, the light.
In collaboration with Jaime del Val as a result of the METABODY project.
METATOPIA is an architectural paradigm of indeterminate space, enacted as a nomadic, interactive & performative environment for outdoors & indoors spaces that merges dynamic physical & digital architectures, with 3D and multisensory immersion, focusing on indeterminacy, unpredictability and open-ended relation to bodies and surrounding environment, an indeterminate space of emergent behaviours and movements that defies prediction and control in the Big Data Era. Metatopia is a unique hybrid of performance art, dance, technology, sound art, interactive architecture, VR, gaming, visual arts, live abstract film, sculpture, design, philosophy and activism. Metatopia is a Barraca of the S. XXIst Century, an Occupy 2.0, a (post-)cyberpunk metamedia Opera, a simchthonic chorus.
N-Polytope is a spectacular light and sound environment combining cutting edge lighting, lasers, sound, sensing and artificial intelligence software technologies inspired by composer Iannis Xenakis’s works named “Polytopes”.
Just Noticeable Difference (JND) is a sensory environment for one person at a time lying in total darkness, and explores the gaps in seeing, hearing and feeling, the fluctuation of noise and order and the play between sensation and sense making directly taking place at the level of bodily experience.
be, character, creature, essence, gist, nature, being, intelligence,
Wezen is a solo music-theatre work where I try to explore the relationship between theatrical gesture and musical instrument, between the body and the sonic world.
Collaboration with Attakkalari Center for Movement Arts, Bangalore, India
Chronotopia is a dance theater re-imagining of the one of the oldest Indian epic poems: the Tamil epic Silappatikaram. Attakkalari’s multi-media dance production is an episodical journey, which explores the movement of five performers through a physical and emotional landscape of contemporary life: birth, love, marriage, war, devastation, death and transformation. Establishing a link, between the landscape and the emotional as well as spiritual mindset of the protagonist, images from ordinary human existence encounter the intervention of inexplicable forces.
In collaboration with Chris Salter and Michael Schumacher
Schwelle II is a live dance theater performance with master improviser and former William Forsythe/Ballett Frankfurt dancer Michael Schumacher. During the fifty minute work, the spectators experience a person undergoing the traumatic transformation of the body in the period between death and rebirth. At first, the spectators witness an almost immobile Schumacher sitting at a table, condemned to execute a series of futile, minute tasks. Violent physical spasms and vocal outbursts interrupt this stasis, overtaking the performer’s body.
More images from Baltan
Some more pictures from the residency at Baltan Laboratories of the work in progress.
Building prototypes at Baltan
In the first part of my “Sentient Machines” residency at Baltan Laboratories, I focused on building first versions of the different protheses prototypes to use in the Malbody Centre project. During this residency Tineke van Hilten joined me to help out with creating a wearable. In this report, I address the various things that I worked on by theme, rather than in chronological order.