Here, we, go
Series of performance (25') with sculptures
“Worst Case Scenario”, Kqora, Paris (FR), 2021; “Here, we, go”, Mansion of the Future, Lincoln (UK), 2019; “Biennale Internationale du Design”, Cité du design, Saint-Étienne (FR), 2017; “Plunc Festival”, Ginjal Terrasse, Almada (PT), 2016
Dimensions: ‘Arnova 10b clouds pushing actuator’: w.70 x h.127 x d.96 cm; ‘Lenovo K3 grass spinning cable’: w.52 x h.119 x d.114 cm; ‘iPhone 6 water rotating arm’: w.65 x h.136 x d.81 cm
Materials: ABS prints, powder coated steel, chromed aluminium, coated aluminium, acrylic, polyethylene, galvanised wire rope, polyurethane foam, faux leather, MDF, vinyl, rubber, arduinos, DC & stepper motors, smartphones & tablet
Photo credits Charlotte Robin
A series of public performances guiding an audience to follow a six-stage process to remotely visualise a distant geographical site. Each performance starts by listening to a target site’s geographical coordinates, triggering participants’ first impressions of what that site might look like. Throughout the rest of the performance, participants develop their first impressions into a detailed mental sketch of the location. Three sculptural devices, which are a subversion of gym equipment are at the audience’s disposal. Here they are invited to rest in front of a screen in motion showing computer generated animations, forcing a mismatch between cerebral perception and bodily sensation, in order to catalyse meditation and the ability to view space remotely. A soundscape designed to enhance the mental exercise accompanies the performance, combining binaural beats and environmental field recordings to displace participants toward a virtual voyage.
Inspired by the practice of controlled “remote viewing”, a practice first introduced by artist Ingo Swann and later adopted by the US army in the early 1980s for training people to acquire information blocked from ordinary perception by distance, time, or psychological barriers, the work explores new forms of mobility in a time where physical movement is questioned, challenged, and conditioned.