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In the process of exploring a collective understanding of our relationship to space, the Imaginary Futures project brings together an experimental dialogue of creative producers from different disciplines and contexts to look at what our shared peripheral perspective of a space-future might look like.
In the past 5 years the Imaginary Futures projects has responded to empowering new perspectives, responding to shifts caused by the pandemic, and testing new opportunities for co-production across the globe with productions that range form socially engaged planetarium performances and films to participatory virtual experiences.
Invited to present a performance at the Global Periphery 2-day symposium a selection of the Imaginary Futures team from different parts of South Africa engage virtually with each other, with the host artist Marcus Neustetter, and a live performer in Paris. The aim is to publish a performance lecture that provokes abstract dialogue and shares responses to key thematic questions around our relationship to space, triggered by the the Global Periphery engagement questions:
What attracts you to space? Space Escape or Destination? Space Research or Resource? Is Space a Public place? What is a Space Nation? What could a Space Culture be? Is Dreaming of Space a Luxury? What is you most iconic image of space?
These questions are the initial stimulator that will search earth-based perspectives of our current diverse lived experiences.
In the development of the performance a range of creative co-production sessions seek to build a collective narrative and raw material for the final improvised live exchange. These creative sessions are being developed on ZOOM and WhatsApp, in a studio workshop in South Africa in the month of August and finally in participatory workshops in Paris with select participants outside of the core group.
The intention is to allow different perspectives, discipline, languages, contexts and resources to become the opportunity for experimental expression and result in two public participatory virtual experiences in the Global Periphery programme.
What sets this performance apart from previous Imaginary futures actions, it that it will be streamed to a live audience in one venue. The audience will have a unique perspective into one part of the collective engagement. They will be witnessing the live contribution from the performer in Paris, who is not there to perform for the audience but rather interact with the dialogue partners on the screen.
Another experimental first for this iteration of Imaginary Futures, is the contribution of outcomes from the workshop with select participants in Paris. Here the intention is to develop sets and pre-recorded performance contributions to be included into the live performance dialogue.
Participants: Marcus Neustetter I Fatou Cissé I Thulisile Princess Binda I Xolisile Bongwana I Miné Kleynhans I Aja Marneweck I Sifiso Teddy Mhlambi I Ciara Struwig
Interested in cross-disciplinary practice, site-specificity, socially engaged interventions and the intersection of art and activism, Neustetter has produced artworks, projects, performances and installations across the globe. Searching for a balance between poetic form and asking critical questions, his media fluctuates in response to concept and context. Ideas often circle the intersection of art, science and technology in an attempt to find new perspectives on his process.
She began her career very early alongside her father, a choreographer and participated in several master classes with various choreographers from the continents. She was assistant choreographer of the CIE 1er Temps of the choreographer Andreya Ouamba for 14 years, then finalized the creation of her company in 2012. She traveled all over the world for meetings, workshops and shows.
Fatou collaborated a lot with the Ker Thiossane, experimental villa on digital artistic practices, ecology and urban planning.
In 2019, she created the urban scenographic concept “La ville en mouv’ment”, Les arts dans la rue, which invites performers from the visual and performing arts to recycle, collaborate and exhibit, with the inhabitants.
Through dance, Thulisile Binda grapples with complex and enduring themes of the physical and the psychological in equal measure. She seeks to interrogate the placement of a women’s body in contemporary society. Her work is known for its striking blend of raw physicality and unique musicality, alive with responsive fluidity and driven by the inherent narrative of the body.
Eastern Cape born Xolisile Bongwana is an accomplished dancer and singer, who is also well-versed in composing, directing, acting and choreography. His two-decade award-winning career presents a powerful self-expression from personal narratives of connecting to his ancestry to participation in large international productions.
Miné Kleynhans is a visual artist whose artworks typically employ humour and satire to tease out the rich intersections between magical thinking, social ritual, consumer culture, personal and collective fantasies and game playing. This interest and direction is not only evident in her studio practice, but also in her collaborative engagements and approaches to larger programs and projects she manages.
Aja Marneweck is a puppeteer, educator and theatre maker specializing in puppetry and multimedia performance. She is currently a senior lecturer and convenor of the Laboratory of Kinetic Objects/Puppetry Arts (LoKO) at the Centre for Humanities Research at the University of the Western Cape where she applies her ability to transform and animate beyond her personal creative practice.
Performance artist and choreographer, Teddy Mhlambi has a passion for developing and exploring new ways of collaborative expression across various arts forms. Working with diverse cross-disciplinary artists he fuels his own experience and knowledge, which in turn is expressed in his performances and his teachings.
Ciara Struwig is a visual artist and tinkerer. She searches for meaning in the traces of things, and the stories that ephemeral evidence can tell. Her studio process balances medium and meaning in sensitive explorations of expression that draws from the experiences of life and the larger questions that surround our existence, but finds form in crafted and refined objects and images.
On September 22nd, during half a day, 8 to 10 people, participate in a workshop with Marcus Neustetter and Fatou Cissé around the general conference theme in order to propose, in a collective creation, one or several elements that are to be integrated into the Saturday performance of Imaginary Futures.
The workshop is hosted by EnsadLab.
Partners to the workshop
Chaire Art Science, Ecole Polytechnique, Jean-Marc Chomaz
Chaire Art Science, Ecole Nationale Supérieure des Arts Décoratifs (ENSAD), Samuel Bianchini
Institute of Communication, Culture, Information and Technology at the University of Toronto, Mississauga, Marie-Pier Boucher
Participants to the workshop: Rouzbeh Akhbari I Valentine Auphan I Marie-Pier Boucher I Pierre Bourdon I Yanxu Chen I Arthur Enguehard I Guillemette Legrand I
– “I feel the rain of another planet” – an art & science research project at the Fluid Dynamics for Sustainability and Environment summer school, 2018 – Jean-Marc Chomaz, ladHyX, CNRS-Ecole polytechnique, Palaiseau, France ; Stuart Bruce Dalziel, DAMTP, University of Cambridge, Cambridge United Kingdom ; Timothy Hyde, Department of Art and Art History, University of California, Davis, USA ; Jiayi Young, Department of Design, University of California, Davis, USA
Global Periphery is part of More-Than-Planet project , an international cooperation project between Stichting Waag Society (NL), lead partner, Zavod Projekt Atol (SI), Ars Electronica (AT), Digital Art International ART2M (FR), Northern Photographic Centre (FI) and Leonardo/Olats
Collaborations with Chaire arts & sciences, Ecole polytechnique and Ensad (FR)
Endorsed by ITACCUS, the Committee for the Cultural Utilisation of Space of the IAF-International Astronautical Federation.
Hosted in partnership by Cité Internationale des Arts.
Co-funded by the European Union.
Views and opinions expressed are however those of the author(s) only and do not necessarily reflect those of the European Union. Neither the European Union nor the granting authority can be held responsible for them.
Leonardo/Olats received the support from the Daniel and Nina Carasso Foundation, the Canadian Cultural Centre in Paris and the Institut Français India.
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