The Membrane Project 2017 -­ 2019


as I collapse (2017)
MASS – bloom explorations (2018)
Extended falls to humanity (2019)

Speculative choreographies at the intersection of art and ecology

The project is the continuation and development of the interest of recoil performance group in working cross sectorial and cross aesthetic in an exploration of human identity and potentiality. Presented in three different performing art pieces staging encounters between the human and the non-human. Starting with As I collapse (2017), a staging of (microscopic) algae and humans and the first part of The Membrane Project. The format moves from the stage in this first piece to an immersive installation in the second: MASS – bloom explorations (2018) and will conclude with a reinterpretation of human habitat including public space as inherent physicalizations of our species organization and power structures in the final part Extended falls to humanity (2019). All three works are shaped by a strong artistic and choreographic interest in exploring the human life in speculative universes where it is equated with other forms of life and beings.

Hereby a short introduction to some of the thoughts that form the philosophical fundament and inspiration for the choreographic works in The Membrane Project.

The philosopher Bruno Latour points to modern man's delusion that the market system stands above the ecosystem. He stresses the need to do away with the notion that our space is infinite, and that each of us can satisfy our needs without making an imprint. The same line of thought recurs in several publications of the artist and theorist Donna Haraway, an exceptional voice in the current movement in the arts and sciences towards inter cognition between human and the non‐human.

Donna Haraway suggests, that when we ‘become with’ one another in new ways, we shift who and what we consider as qualified and relevant for political life. The making of productive encounters that decenter the human and place it outside of itself presents a ground upon which the future – future ethics, future politics – can be open.

Being open to biologies and biological processes that do what and go where our bodies cannot, thereby put us in intimate conversation with both the limits of ‘the human’ and the vast potential of life outside of it.