ri:vr [astrotrilogy 2] is a performed installation that emerges at the intersection of queer-ed spaces/bodies and interplanetary culture. The project is intended to be part of Simo Kellokumpu's corpus of works on what he calls 'astroembodied choreostructions'; a series of choreographic works in which the questions of corporeality and embodiment materialize, beyond the human spatial scale, towards, and in, an intergalactic dimension. In dialogue with contemporary science fiction, game art, queer theory, and monstrology, the process of creation is also informed by its geographic and cultural context, that of a two-month residence on the banks of the river Seine, at the Cité International Arts of Paris. The process of creation of the piece evolves through the entanglement of planetary movements, torrential satellite-bound data flow, and cellular becomings conditioned by algorithmic wire-speed. The performance, therefore, seeks to present an altered body, as an incoherent place produced by the collision of various streams, fluxes and flows in presence: those aquatic and glaucous along the riverbank nearby the residency, those running through the surrounding and incorporated electrical and algorithmic systems, and those, tentacular and apotropaic, ancient and reminiscent, of a qweirdly revisited myth of monster with living venomous snakes in place of hair. ri:vr is the second part of the Astrotrilogy which was started with the project pompom, which was realized in Tokyo and Helsinki during 2017/18. Astrotrilogy is a collaboration with French artist Vincent Roumagnac, in the continuation of Kellokumpu & Roumagnac's duo-collaboration, started in 2010. Documentation pompom [astrotrilogy 1] at Tokyo Arts and Space, December 2018: https://www.researchcatalogue.net/view/522074/548007 The project is supported The Arts Promotion Centre Finland (Taike), l'Institut Finlandais, the Finnish Cité internationale des arts Foundation and the Performing Arts Research Centre/Uniarts Helsinki. Simo Kellokumpu (Finland) and Vincent Roumagnac (France) are in residence at the Cité internationale des arts during March and April 2019 through the programme of the Finnish Cité internationale des arts Foundation.
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