How did we belong to?

november 24th, 2008

In November 2008 PACT zollverein organised imPACT08. Some documentation is available on the website: PACT_impactdoku08.pdf

The interactive symposium started of with a lecture by Igor Stromajer and Bojana Kunst: Ballettikka Internettikka. In this lecture they spoke about the idea behind Ballettikka Internettikka and showed examples of different projects they did under this name. The idea behing BI is to use the internet to gain an audience in live (ballet) events. The advantage of the internet for broadcasting in combination with wireless internet access with both video and audio streams is that you can make a ballet almost anywhere, from the basement of the Bolshoi Theatre in Moscow to a factory in Velenje (Slovenia) and show it everywhere at (almost) the same time. Stromajer and Kunst describe B.I. as “an ongoing artistic study of the internet guerrilla performance”.

One of my favorite pieces is Hydraullikka. The audience is the spectator of two robots being flattened into one by a large hydraulic press. The performance plays with the fact that it is easy to sympathise with antropomorf robots. Because you cannot do anything about the pressing you start to feel guilty and sorry. It reminds you of live footage from warzones of the news and the images of murder. This feelling accurs even when the video is not shown live.

The performance Mind out by Station House Opera was shown the samen night. Being out of your mind got a whole new meaning for me during and since that performance. Imagine that my body is thinking and saying what your mind is thinking and your body is doing. My body is doing what my mind is thinking, but my mind is in your body, so you are saying what I am thinking and doing.  In other words your mind is in my body and vice versa. This is the easy part. In Mind Out there are five persons. In the begining the order is clear: 1-2-3-4-5-1-2 et cetera. In this way five persons can poor themselves one cup of tea. “You take the pot” “And poor the water” You “take a tea bag” “…”. But after a while things are being mixed up. People are losing other people’s mind, bodies are disobeying their minds, bodies seem to control the mind of other bodies and give orders in stead of just saying what they are thinking. In the workshop on Sunday 1st, we learned to be mindless.

The third presentation was by two architects of OMA. OMA developed a plan for the redevelopment of the old Zollverein area where PACT Zollverein is based. We worked in small groups in the area that day to rediscover the site. “During IMPACT08, OMA architects Floris Alkemade und Alex de Jong will illustrate working processes and research strategies in architecture. Taking the Zollverein Master Plan as an example, they will look at how the arts can potentially use architectural thinking as a creative resource”.

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