Perceptions of the Moving Body

Perceptions of the Moving Body

In the frame of the White Night Of The Art Galleries, 4Culture in collaboration with WASP Bucharest hosts the Performance Situation Room "Perceptions of the Moving Body", an event, which brings an experimental perspective of the body in an interdisciplinary context. The night will include video installations, live performances, conversations and active participation, bringing the audience in the middle of a complex approach of the body, forcing them to go beyond the limits of visibility, stepping in the field of the senses and experiment as well as bringing them to an analytical and scientific view of the subject.

The evening opens with a conference coordinated by Valentina de Piante Niculae (choreographer, performer, teacher and researcher of somatic fields) and Dr. Radu Pop (doctor, Eisenhower fellow, founding member of the Group for Sciences at the Border), the first from a series of meetings which will discuss contemporary and transdiciplinary themes of the body, science and consciousness, with the purpose of creating a flow of knowledge and experiential practices, necessary in an equal extent for artists, scientists and everyone of us. The meeting has the purpose of opening a dialogue between somatics, neuroscience and body practice as well as between the consciousness of body-mind and spirituality, putting the focus on the body with a complex perception orientated inside and outside at the same time.

Although at a first sight we would be tempted to say that it is ‘only’ movement, at a more profound analysis we realize that movement means movement patterns, neurological mirrored structures corresponding the mental and emotional ones, body consciousness, the ability to be present and aware of our emotions, actions and thoughts. Our self-image is in a perpetual transformation as it adapts in accordance with the most diverse and profound experiences of our body. Movement allows the passing to a different perspective of the body: its liquid and cellular dimension, an infinite field of information that interweave and change our perception and way of being.

The meeting will be structured in 4 parts: a body practice presentation, followed by a discussion led by Valentina De Piante about the body-mind concept. This will be further developed by the vast vision of an international known scientist, the neuro-surgeon Dr. Radu Dop, which will talk about how antic oriental disciplines meet now with contemporary perspectives of neurosciences, arriving to the concept of body-mind-spirit triad. In the 4th part of the evening, the audience will become the active participant of a movement laboratory.
In our exhibition spaces two provocative video installations will be on, both putting movement and body in unusual perspectives, challenging the limits of our perception.

ESKAZISER – video installation / Directors: Andrea Lerner, Rosane Chamecki / Choreographer: chameckilerner
Who does not remember one of the first electric machine that promised to firm our bodies, the 1920’s Eskazier belt machines?
ESKAZISER is a 4-channel installation piece developed during a residency at EMPAC, Troy in 2014. For the installation, four huge screens form a room and the audience sits at its center. The work unfolds over 18 minutes.
ESKASIZER is a collection of takes of 4 women, of various ages, heritage and shapes. The camera shoots in extremely slow motion (500 frames/second), the four different bodies and their vibrating flesh created by the massage belt machine Eskazier. ESKASIZER has no allegories, no language, no culture. It is about the flow of the flesh, the free-association and proliferation of movement. It evokes the sinuous disarrangement of an organic body. ESKASIZER subversion resides in the experience itself, a mechanical repetitive vibration generated by a machine, transforms those four bodies in motion into a meditative, visceral experience of the flesh. More about chameckilerner:<wbr></wbr>clold/bio.html

AMAUROS -video installation / Director: Nicole Seiler / Chorepgrapher: Nicole Seiler
Is it possible that by eliminating all the visual elements from a movie, to still have a movie? “Amauros” provokes us to reconsider the imaginary in dance.
Audio Description is a procedure that makes films, shows and exhibitions accessible to blind or visually impaired audiences, thanks to a voice off-stage that describes the visual elements of the work. For Amauros, Séverine Skierski, an audio-describer specialising in cinema and theatre, recorded several descriptions of choreographies. These descriptions are subject here, and are shown as an installation by director Nicole Seiler.

The whole night is centered around the perception of the moving body, taking the audience almost by hand and passing them through a series of different states with the purpose of directing them to a rethinking of the body and the ways in which we move. We watch a body in motion, we discuss its impulses and connections, we place everything in a scientific and historical context, we experiment with our own body, we reach inaccessible dimensions with the help of technology, we feel and imagine movement in the absence of visual and kinesthetic stimuli – a roller-coaster between interior and exterior, subjectivity and objectivity, sensoriality and lucidity.

19:00 – 21:30: Body Conference | Creativity and Neuroscience – Black Box
1 | Video Projection – Valentina de Piante Niculae (10`)
2 | Body-Mind Lecture by Valentina de Piante Niculae (30`)
3 | Neuroscience in relation with antic oriental disciplines – lecture by Dr. Radu Dop (30`)
4 | Open Movement Laboratory – coordinated by Valentina de Piante Niculae (60`)
19:00 – 03:00 Video Installations – White Box & Lounge Area
ESKAZISER / Directors: Andrea Lerner, Rosane Chamecki / Choreographer: chameckilerner
AMAUROS / Director: Nicole Seiler / Choreographer: Nicole Seiler
Free acces. 

The event is part of the professional training program in the field of performative arts – GROWASP and it is organized by 4Culture Association and WASP – Working Art Space and Production in the frame of Performance Situation Room, a Life Long Burning Activity. With the support of Culture Programme of the European Union.
The Performance Situation Room is an innovative research and knowledge-sharing model where various arts players discuss their concerns and interests. It stands for an environment where a dynamic reformulation of main issues in art practice is undertaken. The working method ranges from weekly or monthly modules, long weekend conferences, 6-month research period with Skype meetings to nomadic study processes.

24.04.15 - 24.04.15

WASP, Bucharest, RO

supported/organized by 4Culture