Last Night You Called Me Human
with Sophia Seiss, Silke Schuster, Anna Budniewski as Spine
spoken text and a videoloop from kuka-robots
The performance took place in a space with two levels, in the basement and on the ground floor. On the ground floor 2 people were sitting in the room reading and whispering textfragments from mobile phones. While reading these fragments over 20 min a found-footage video with kuka robots in a carfactory was projected in the room.
In the basement the two dancers developed a choreography in which they used the movement of the kuka robots as a starting point to interpret these perfectioned, repetetive movements with their bodies. It was very hot in the so called „engine room“ about 37 degrees. The constant strong movement of the bodies made it even hotter. In combination with the spoken words a dense concentraded athmosphere developed over the time of the performance.
The main interest of the group lies in the cross-linking of different art forms. Working in fine arts and dance, the collective consisting of four people is trying to redefine how to work within the chosen fields, questioning our practices and approaches and the power structures that lie within them. Seeking to relate content and form, theory and practice to each other - in the hope of creating a new bodily and intellectual experience and form of expressing and understanding. Our work is inspired by the theoretical discourses of Donna Harraway and Rosi Braidotti and in the more sensitive, personal and female connoted writings of Kathy Acker and Chris Kraus. We believe that the human body is constructed by social norms and gender. Therefore the interest of our work lies in the attempt of placing both discourses – the theoretical and the physical - next to each other in a non-hierarchical way. Trying to undermine dualistic matters and trying to dissolve them and create a space where this way of thinking doesn‘t need to exist anymore. Where we can release common perspectives in terms of generating knowledge and manifest human identity with which we can interact.