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A choreographic assemblage
Aluminum is a self-evident, dangerous preciousness. We are surrounded by aluminum in the form of objects, fabrics and in countless invisible compounds. The practical elegance and easy malleability that make aluminum one of the most used materials in our society is combined with the high energy expenditure of its production and the ecological destruction that accompanies it.
which dances approaches the dynamics of the material with actions and dances, texts, sounds, film, light, darkness and conversations.
For which dances, this means seeking out practices and narratives of recycling, environmentally friendly production, resistance, and learning from biological processes and using them as a basis for aesthetic speculation. In the age of the Anthropocene, new forms of coexistence between all life forms have yet to be explored. For example, in Kolontár, Hungary after the MAL AG (Magyar Alumínium) industrial accident, beech trees were planted to remove the heavy metals from the red mud spill from the soil. Or there are reports of ways to remove aluminum from the body with foods containing silicon.
which dances is situated in the field of art and ecology, based on the conviction that art, with its interdisciplinary language, can mediate between nature and man in relation to existing environmental problems and thus change the spheres of life of the various forms of existence on earth for the better. The project is a choreographic assemblage in which human and non-human actors interact. which dances moves along the transitions of performance of performing and visual arts and explores new presentation practices that deal with the intertwining of the notion of subject and object and the performance of material and immaterial practices.
To this end, the artistic team consisting of Sabina Holzer, Jack Hauser, Elisabeth Schäfer, Brigitte Wilfing and Thomas Wagensommerer turns its attention to aluminum and explores the aesthetic, material, socio- and pop-cultural entanglements that this material activates. We refer to the transdisciplinary, transmedial and transversal approach of new materialism and its critical engagements with the Anthropocene.
The artistic setting, which is open to the public, stretches over a period of one week and takes the form of a choreographic assemblage of various interconnections of the material aluminum - everyday use, material, geology, anatomy. The choreographic structure is informed by the different material references and is composed of spatial design, dances, texts, film, sound and a series of lectures and interventions. Visitors co-create this assemblage over the course of a week and are an active part of the choreography. They do this through their physical presence and are invited to bring material, or to further shape / write and dance with existing materials. Dancing here means a physical entering into relationship and touching / reading mediated by simple everyday gestures of grasping, placing, laying down.
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