by Lina Hermsdorf (D)
Hello Earth explores the fracturing of presences and absences in the white cube. What happens to the perception of the human body when a computer voice is the one building an intimate relationship with the audience, talking about its life, contemplating the nature of physics, feeling cold and noticing handsome audience members. Will the performer disappear? Will she become obsolete? Or even more present? I want to look at the implications of virtual reality and technology on our perception and their effect on what we experience as live and real. As a tool I use narratives and playful modes of constructing realities, where a distinction of fact and fiction becomes obsolete.
by Arja Kärkkäinen (FIN)
Illusory Curtains is a work for an actor and a 3 channels video installation that deals with the breakdown of reality under pressure. The hectic life of the characters sneaks into the nights, into the only moments of rest, sleep, that eventually becomes an obligation among all. In this piece I wrote a monologue for an actor based on my own experiences and observed different modes of sleeplessness. The three characters have different causes (one’s work life, one’s loneliness and one’s neuroticism) but the unitive element for all of them is the inability to rest.
by Komična Hunta (HR)
by Jana Radonjić (MNE)
by Lawrence Stanley group (UK)
The performance parodies the modern day medium character. The Chancellor portrays a character that is both deplorable and pathetic. A terrible psychic, unable to perform any of the simplest illusions that make up a medium’s repertoire. He can’t perform any of these but chooses to deny this. This is a performance about loss, denial and nostalgia. Delusional, deplorable but essentially human, the performance asks the audience to consider grief’s different coping mechanisms with a skeptical but sympathetic mind.