Marchevska, E. and. Nichol, C. Dia.
Circuit Festival De Montfort University, Leicester, 02-03 June 2011. Performers: Nichol, C. and Marchevska, E.
Somatics and Technology conference. University of Chichester, 22-23 June, 2012. Performers: Nichol, C and Marchevska, E.
This performative installation is part of an on-going research through practice collaboration to explore process as performance. This piece is developed through Authentic Movement practice - a somatic practice developed by Mary Starks-Whitehouse, used as a devising tool by dance and performance practitioners (Jane Bacon 2010, Eila Goldhahn 2007). The piece emerged through three years (2008-2011) of rigorous, intense process under the supervision of Prof Jane Bacon, at University of Northampton. This process lead to new insights on how somatic practice can be reflected and mediated through digital screens. This piece contributes to an investigation into the relations between digital technologies and the moving/feeling body. It follows Kate Mondloch use of the term ‘screen-reliant’ art as opposed to the term ‘screen-based’ art to signal that the screen is a performative category (2010:xii). The artist in Mondloch’s opinion considers every aspect of the screen, not just as an object, but also as how it can serve as a subject. When creating the work, the artist considers what physical, conceptual and political points can be made with the use of the screen.
To focus the research, only two stories were chosen as reflection points. The story of the Wanderer (foreigner) and mOther. The M(O)ther and Wanderer are embodied through movement, image making and voice. The separated explorations were captured via live feed and projected on screen as one image. The aesthetic is a layered processual fragmented story over a 2 hour duration.
The piece was commissioned for East Midlands Live Art Platform “Circuit” in 2011 and received a positive feedback from both the audience and the peers. The year after, the piece was selected as a practice output example during the International conference “Somatics and Technology” that gathered international pool of academics and practitioners.
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