Performance-installation „MASS–BLOOM EXPLORATIONS“
„Recoil Performance Group“ (DK)
Choreographer: Tina Tarpgaard
Performer: Hilde I. Sandvold
Science-art researcher and installation designer: Pei-Ying Lin
Writer: Ida Marie Hede
Technical and engineering design: Minshu Huang
Sound design: Søren Knud
Dramaturg: Inge Agnete Tarpgaard
Production managers: Rasmus Sylvest & Viktor K. Magnusson
Produser: Carlos Calvo
PR: Betina Rex / Ida Fredericia
Workshops development: Micaela Kühn Jara, Emilie Gregersen
Collaborators: Ottawa Dance Directive, Windsor university and Westboro Village
Supported by: The Danish Arts foundation, Wilhem Hansen Fonden, Augustinus Fonden, Københavns Kommunes Scenekunstudvalg, Louis Hansen Fonden
Duration: 3 hours (audience can come and leave during the performance)
Place: KKKC Parodų rūmai (D. Vandens g. 2)
* Corner of the critics:
„A dancer and a scenography in the process of biological moldering in a durational performance installation. Here the audiences get in touch with the decay, the decomposition and the dead. Incredible, how much there is at stake in the minimalistic simple installation, coolly handled by Tina Tarpgaard, who, as one of the few performing artists in Denmark, has started working with bio art.“ - Monna Dithmer, „Politiken“
In a transparent dome of plastic, the human Hilde I. Sandvold and thousands of mealworms live side by side. The micro universe is created solely of white foam plastic. Apart from being a huge part of our human throw-away mentality, this kind of plastic also happens to be a nourishment that pleases the ever-hungry mealworms. The potential is born for a new form of symbiosis between species. An organism capable of living from plastic could be the beginning of a new blooming of species on earth.
Together the mealworms and Hilde co-create a new space. They conduct a durational choreography – an installation in which the space is slowly but visibly being altered by the worm digestion and the human body in motion. The crackling sound of the eating worms blends with the voice of the author Ida Marie Hede when she reads aloud from her text on the peculiarities of life in the plastic habitat.
The vulnerable relation between worms, foam plastic and the human and its slowly dissolution is the central point of the work, offering a speculative point of view on our relationship with ourselves and others. It is an invitation to a personal, visual experience of a woman transforming her body, skin and voice in an attempt to co-evolve with a species that potentially has better prospects than herself.
During the opening hours the visitors are welcome to explore and interact with the installation, and to come and go as they please. They are also invited into the dome to a close one-on-one encounter with Hilde and the worms.
Recoil Performance Group is a Copenhagen-based performance group, founded in 2005 and led by choreographer Tina Tarpgaard. The group works with choreography and performances that cut across established aesthetic categories. Kinaesthetic interaction with the scenographic elements in which the choreography is set, has been a consistent focus of Tarpgaard’s work. In her early performances, this took the form of digital trompe-l’oeil projections, while later efforts have focused more sensorial, analogue universes where light and sound becomes concrete elements in motion. Awards: Tina Tarpgaards work was awarded the National Danish Performing art Award (REUMERT) for Dance Performance of The Year for FROST (2010) and LIVING ROOM (2012) and was nominated in the same category with ON/VOLT (2014) and X-MYTHOLOGY (2018).
Photo: Søren Meisner