We did a shooting in nature with photographer Milena Wohjan. During the shoot, we produced both photographs and videos exploring a more fictional aspect of the project.
The purpose of this session was to document the bodily research we conducted during our residency. Given our exploration of concepts like hyper-parasitism, we chose the forest as our backdrop for the shoot.
The forest near Moosach and Falkenberg represents a typical altered natural environment, showcasing human intervention in what was once a pristine natural setting. Our focus was as well on highlighting artificial elements within natural spaces, emphasizing how humans have transformed this forest.
It’s clear that nature no longer conforms to our traditional notions of the natural world.
CURATIONAL PROCESS, Tuesday 12.09
On Tuesday, our primary focus was on curating the material. We selected portions of the videos we had recorded with the participants from Moosach, as well as the videos we had shot in the forest.
Additionally, we dedicated time to organizing the final preparations for the opening scheduled for the following day. This involved selecting the appropriate texts and finalizing the overall plan.
MAKING-OFF Wednesday 13.09
In this making off we opened up our research questions on the aesthetic possibilities and political implications of unconventional prostheses in relation to the human body. We have showcased the visual documentation that resulted from this process, as well as sharing our conclusions and intuitions regarding the plausible further developments of this choreographic proposal.
It was our intent to invite the attendants to partake in these exercises both by engaging in an open discussion of the work and having the opportunity to physically interact with the prosthetic devices the way they see fit, in order to expand the sensibilities and imaginaries of this choreographic relationship.
We separated the exhibition in 4 blocks following the recommendation proposed by FLAUSEN+:
- The first block was focused on the exposition of the interviews and the people external to the project who participated, interacting with the prostheses. The selection of videos was focused on showing not only the physical interaction, but also the return from the interaction with the prosthetic devices. It seemed essential for the selection to focus on the feelings and conclusions that the people had after the first interaction with the robotic prostheses.
- The second block was focused on the reading of the glossary text that was presented in a previous logbook that, in a poetic way, condensed the main topics that we dealt with theoretically during the residency. This text crystallized the most valuable concepts of our work. After reading the text, we invited the people to discuss the concepts that had caught their attention during the reading of the text.
- The third block was devoted to a small exercise where we had 2 volunteers interacting with the robotic devices. This exercise allows a small practical insight into our approach to our work.
- The fourth and last block was destined to show our own experience and physical research during the residency, showing the videos we filmed in the forest. The videos were focused on showing the exploration of each one of us, interacting with the robotic devices.
The residency process has been enriching to delve into the conceptual and practical development of our work in a way that was integral. It has helped us to think and enlarge the imagination of possibilities for the future of the project, for example in terms of other possible designs of the prosthesis, of use or interaction, other spaces or contexts where to put our practice. To get to know and interview the neighbors of Moosach was essential. With them we opened up to a new way of practicing with the prostheses. We are very grateful to Kirstin, Holgar, Hubert and Michaela for opening up their houses to us and for their generosity.