The Membrane Project 2017 -­ 2019


Performances


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

Choreographic encounters with the human and non-human

the membrane project comprises three different choreographic creations that challenge our understanding of human identity through the encounter with other than human living beings. Though three different objectives the encounters takes a critical standpoint on a culturally inherited understanding of our selves as superior beings.

the membrane project will consequently challenge our working methods and the format of the choreographic work by recoil. Presented on traditional theatre stages, as I collapse (2017) has microscopic algae as its unconventional protagonist. Conceived for galleries, art exhibition venues and unconventional spaces, MASS-bloom explorations (2018) is choreographed for thousands of worms and one human. Having our own species Homo Sapiens and our way of organising our habitats as its focal point, Extended Falls to Humanity (2019) will take place outside the art institutions and offers co-creation with local communities.

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.