What a magic that happened yesterday on the 8th of September 2022 in Deep Space of Ars Electronica Center Linz. Thank you everyone for this enriching collaboration.
What you could see were 2 amazing dance performances as part of the "Danu-series" LIQUIFORMS and LEKANI.
A project by Alessia Aurora Rizzi, Laura Gagliardi, Lina Pulido Barragan, and Maria Dierneder Performance: Alessia Rizzi, Laura Gagliardi Visual Art: Lina Pulido Barragan, Maria Dierneder Music and Sound Design: Daphne Xanthopoulou Artistic Direction: Smirna Kulenović, Damian Cortes Costumes: Julie Moser
Water is all around and inside us: it is ubiquitous and multifaceted. The observation of our watery body at the microscale explicitly showcases the microcosm (individual), the macrocosm (environment) and their interaction. Metaphorically speaking, we compare the individual with a droplet, which in conjunction with other droplets, conform the vast ocean that is humanity. As such, every singular intervention crucially influences the dynamics of the whole ecosystem.
In this installation, we invite the audience to dive into an immersive experience where bodies, Danube River, live and recorded sounds and images get entangled; to take part on a ritualistic moment of connection with water, becoming at once subject and witness of the dynamics which naturally occur in time. We open a meditative space which reveals the importance of each one of us as identities whilst being part of a multitude. This journey will eventually expand the spatiotemporal boundaries of water ecosystems, understanding that we all form a unique big meta-ecosystem.
ΛΕΚΑΝΗ – LEKANI
Music and sound design: Daphne Xanthopoulou
Costumes: Julie Moser
The powers that surveil society are invisible to the surveilled. These powers are abstract and self-regulating - applied from all angles. The boundaries between observation and surveillance become blurred. Artists and audience are immersed in a contemporary and explicit panopticon.
The traditional observation tower is replaced by digital devices which recreate a closed, guarded environment, resulting in a recursive relationship between surveillance and supervision.
We are the observers observing ourselves.
The artists welcome the audience to partake in a transdisciplinary experience, and are invited to notice the imperceptible, become aware of what is ignored, and recognize where they place their attention.
Through movement, interconnected perception and audio-visual elements, the performers create an atmosphere in which they may temporarily dissolve their personal individuality, and become part of a new emergent, disciplinary organism, which exists as a set of relations to one another, at the intersection between art and technology.