Modern Body Festival believes in an integrated approach to the body and mind. Therefore we have worked to create workshops that not only introduce emerging, cutting-edge technologies in art and culture, but also offer an engaging experience for our workshop participants, welcoming people of all backgrounds.
Modern Body Festival, in collaboration with Dezact architectural platform, assembled 4 artist-architect teams to design a new work together, and realize it in a workshop with participants during Space Media Festival Taipei. In addition to experiencing their works in our exhibition at Paviljoen Baruch, you can also attend their very special one-day workshops in The Hague.
We have divided the workshop days by our 3 states of being: I, WE, THEY. Each day will begin with a playful, physically engaging icebreaker, followed by a simple lunch, provided by the festival. The group will then continue on to the rest of the workshop, created and led by our invited architect-artist teams.
It is with great pleasure that we present our 3 workshops – I, WE & THEY.
Nov 29: I
Shih Wei Chieh, Manuel Jiménez García & Christina Dahdaleh: Encoding Flexible Data
Icebreaker: Circus acrobatics
How does one integrate one’s own very personal practice with someone else’s very personal practice? How do we leave space for the other, while still holding on to our own identity? In the struggle to find the balance between one’s own autonomy, and allowing others to influence and inspire, the relationship between all our different I’s remains a moveable, fluid space.
Circus acrobatics, aside from its obvious building of strength, balance and flexibility, is also an important exercise in trust, of letting go, giving and taking of space, in order for both to perform their task optimally, and as a team.
Nov 30: WE
Ludmila Rodrigues & Satoru Sugihara: Agent-based Choreographic Tactics
Icebreaker: Group trampoline jumping with Ludmila
What are the invisible lines that bind us together? What information is passed between us without our being aware of it? What extraordinary latent ‘intelligence’ do we fail to access and develop? Swarming and synchronization as a phenomenon is an undeniable force in nature, yet escapes our understanding of even our own tendencies towards synchronization and patterns.
Warming up together in a church renovated into a giant trampoline park, we will meet each other while bouncing in space, through various games and activities, exploring basic principles of synchronization and random patterns.
Dec 1: THEY
Jeroen van Ameijde & Luis Rodil Fernández: Form in motion
How do we share the traces of an ephemeral experience in space? How do we represent past actions in order to share them with those who come after us? In creating relationships between each other, how can we bridge the gap of time and presence?
Popping is a form of street dance that mirrors facets of the digital age. Often incorporating sudden stops and starts of movement throughout the body, popping requires a nearly ‘digital’ control of one’s body, with the ability to isolate specific muscles and engage and disengage them extremely quickly. This kind of parsing of movement, reminiscent of stop-motion animation or glitching when electronic equipment goes haywire, is a fascinating translation into the physical body of our own inclinations to break down, or dissect the world around us.