Eggs dance (2023), by Sebastian Hänel

Part 1
I was on a train through Poland. Before I ate my boiled egg, I made a drawing with it.
Balancing on the page of my sketchbook, I circled the egg with the pencil. Moving it, but avoiding letting it fall off the page, I gave the object the greatest possible freedom to move.
A kind of balance between freedom and control. The egg controlled my hand, my hand controlled the egg.
A game. Lines triggered by the round object (and the train) and my reactions to it.
A dialogue.

Part 2
Eventually I completed it into abstract shapes by expanding the lines according to their intensity. Sometimes to make them invisible, sometimes to use them as boundaries.

What has been my work now?
Transformed images of the movements of an egg?
To have a concept and follow it?
To be open to strange ideas?

Augmented Body in the Landscape, by Adrian Wood

The workshop Augmented Body in the Landscape aims to develop new pathways to experience the relationship between our bodies and the places we inhabit, and the ways that technology changes that relationship.
The participating artists chose from several sensing technologies: a stethoscope, a thermometer, a field recorder, a scent cone, and binoculars.
Each technology extends parts of the body that offer us sensory feedback — ears, eyes, nose, fingers (for touching). The participants explore the area using the technologies. They bring observations back into the studio, which they process through a series of language- and gesture-based prompts.
They then synthesize what they have generated – observations, gestures, language and sensory experience – to create a site-based embodied performance.
Augmented Body in the Landscape was created in collaboration with students of Katie Schetlick’s “Performing the Environment(s)” class at the University of Virginia on March 14, 2023.

Thorax Glissando (2023), by Nico Parlevliet

HD-video with sound, 01’34 min.
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Thorax Glissando is based partly on an audio recording of a past work (Glissando Arioso-2012) and partly on an image-recording of the present moment.
Actually, the current image is what prompted me to search my sound archive for audio that would enhance that image.

After much thought, I decided to use the CT scans, which were made to monitor the cancer in my body, as images. With this, I try to bend the drama in such a way that you get the idea that anything that depicts a process can contain beauty.

Nico Parlevliet
20 Feb 2023

From the window on Zandera with Tunicata (2023), by Andrei Monastyrski

2023 11 февраля Из окна на Цандера с оболочниками
HD-video with sound, 76’51 min.

Since 2001 I have been making a series of videos called
From the window on Zandera. This video is number 129.
This footage comes from the apartment where the performances of the Moscow-based group Collective Action (KD) were conceived and prepared from 1977 to 2009.
The figurines of appearing and disappearing passers-by on the sidewalks of this Kondratyuk Street are like an endless continuation of the first action of the Collective Action.

00:00 – in the kitchen at Ulansky tracking the 585 bus sign
04:16 – 5, 59 km to Zandera street 
05:10 – Photos of the high-rise shit-concrete on Godovikova street 
10:35 The 585 badge went into the line of sight out the window at Zandera.
12:05 – Щ
28:32 – 1989 video, AM reading about shells at VDNH, video of SH
32:23 – 55
49:36 – AM reading about shellfish in the kitchen at Ulansky 11-2-2023
01:04:08 – Johannes Bach (1604-1673), IS Bach’s great-uncle, motet “Our Life, is like a shadow.” Unser Leben ist ein schatten.

01:10:52 – О

1st action of the Collective Action   (March 13, 1976)

They shoot horses, don’t they?, by Pepe Romero

HD-video with sound, 03’03 min.
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Excerpt from an article published on November 10, 2022, in El País, by Slavoj Zizek:
“Russian President Vladimir Putin has escalated his threat to use nuclear weapons.
…15,000 Ukrainians have responded to the prospect of annihilation in a less abstract way: by signing up for a massive sex party.
…It’s the opposite of despair. People will look for something good even in the worst-case scenario.
…In a time of extreme distress, an orgy can be a life-affirming project. Collective trauma precipitates the disintegration of individual inhibitions and conventional social norms”.

The first World War started on August 1, 1914.
On October 7, Ludwig Wittgenstein, in charge of night driving the search-light of the Goplana, a ship patrolling the left bank of the Vistula River, wrote:
“I may die within an hour,
I may die within two hours,
I may die within a month or within a few years.
I cannot know, and I can do nothing either for or against it: such is life.
How am I to live, therefore, in order to succeed at every moment?
Live in the good and the beautiful until life ends by itself”.
Quote from the book edited by Wilhelm Baum “Geheime Tagebücher” published in spanish by Alianza Editorial.

Seed & Crawl, by John G. Boehme

SD-video with sound
13:10 min.

The physicality of a colourless bearded, compressed & truncated male image spreads the discarded seed shells directly at the viewer while the colourful crawlers’ cascade down his grey visage.

“What interests me is the ongoing reformulation of a set of key interests. These interests are drawn from my observations of Western society’s less-considered compulsions. Exploring the performance of gender, specifically masculinity, the valorization of labour, the pursuit of leisure, and the marshalling of amity. I explore language and paralanguage, that is, both the spoken and gestural aspects of human communication”.