Maria Guta and Adrian Ganea

Cyberia

Performance & live computer generated simulation

A postmodern fairytale, Cyberia takes place somewhere in a cold distant East, stretching between and endless imaginary realm and a vast physical space. It is a westwards journey towards a promised future with no arrival and no return. There is no here or there, only a twilight zone between a departure point and a simulated destination. Between digital video projections and a physical setting, using the mechanics of a video-game engine with a motion capture suit, Cyberia is the simulation of an endless pre-climax state where a performer and a CG avatar dance as one to the rhythms of an imaginary West. In a world oversaturated by digital data –mysticism and paranormal are as popular as ever. Emerging technologies are increasingly incorporated in a form of postmodern spiritualism, as Arthur C. Clarke points out: “Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic.

Trisha Brown

Newark & M.G
La place de Trisha Brown dans l’histoire de la création Outre-Atlantique est unique : après Martha Graham et sa modern dance, Merce Cunningham qui dynamite les codes, Trisha Brown va s’imposer dans un courant, la danse postmodern qui a influencé nombre de chorégraphes actuels. La danse ici est jaillissante, faite de duos de plus en plus complexes avec bien sûr ce jeu des équilibres instables comme autant de coups d’arrêt au geste. Le plus souvent, sous nos yeux, un couple d’interprètes voit surgir un autre tandem dans un incessant jeu de déconstruction des lignes. Des marches, des courses, des dialogues féconds s’instaurent en scène. Newark est pour beaucoup une des grandes pièces de Trisha Brown.

yvonne rainer

Trio A
Dancer, choreographer, filmmaker, and writer Yvonne Rainer is one of the most influential artistic figures of the last 50 years. Her work has been foundational across multiple disciplines and movements: dance, cinema, feminism, minimalism, conceptual art, and postmodernism.

YOUNG-HAE CHANG

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Heavy Industries
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I discuss how the poem controls the reader’s experience and how this control affects its possible interpretations. The control is mostly executed by limiting the reader’s freedom over reading. Reading time, direction and duration are determined by the poem. It is only possible to start the poem, but not rewind, stop or fast-forward it. Furthermore, the manipulation of speed affects reading in many ways. In the fast extreme the effect is illegibility, but more subtly used speed creates varieties of emphasis and de-emphasis. The effect of emphasis of this kind, I argue, creates different layers of readings and invites re-reading. These different readings require different cognitive modes, which mirror our contemporary reading habits. Not being in control of the reading process also leads to a scattered sense of unity, one of postmodernism’s essential traits. While reading the poem I also question why I read as I do, and by doing so I hope to present more general traits of how to approach digital literature.

Anna Halprin

Parades & Changes
Parades & Changes, replays is a full scale re-creation of the masterpiece Parades & Changes, a major 1965 work of American postmodern dance legend Anna Halprin. The provocative Parades & Changes, Halprin’s first “collective creation” dynamited the codes dominating dance by exposing the process of performance: improvising around several “scores,” dancers dress and undress, inventing gestures and vanishing naked in rolls of skin colored paper. This “ceremony of trust,” as it was named by Halprin, seeks to utilize dance as a medium for being together: her prolific composition addresses the process, the place, the action, and the performer as both unique and corresponding entities.

Francisco Larios Osuna

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Francisco Larios es un artista multidisciplinario (México, 1960) cuyo trabajo despuntó en la década de los noventa. Larios ha practicado la pintura, el dibujo de concepto abierto, el uso de “software” para crear entornos visuales bidimensionales y tridimensionales. En su imaginario se cumple la condición postmoderna, en la que la cultura contemporánea es el punto de arranque para la elaboración de escenas que manifiestan un retorno a referentes sacros, temáticas filosóficas y fabulaciones inmemoriales.

Raquel Paiewonsky

Contenedor de ideas
“The work I have been developing in recent years explores the relationship between our essence and our environment ; the contradictions that postmodern urban life generates in us ; and the impact of cultural constructions and stereotypes, always referring to our instincts and the most elementary parts of our nature.”more

JOHN ADAMS

ДЖОН АДАМС
ג’ון אדמס
Harmonielehre

Der Werktitel nimmt expliziten Bezug auf die 1911 erschienene „Harmonielehre“ von Arnold Schönberg, einem Komponisten, zu dem John Adams in ambivalentem Verhältnis steht. Adams studierte in Harvard bei Leon Kirchner, der seinerseits Schüler Schönbergs war. Adams respektiert die Bedeutung und Meisterschaft Schönbergs, lehnt aber dessen Atonalität und Zwölftonmusik unter ästhetischen Gesichtspunkten ab. Die Harmonielehre von John Adams lässt sich als Parodie verstehen, jedoch ohne ironische Absichten. In ihr erscheinen vielfache Bezüge zur Musik um die Wende vom 19. zum 20. Jahrhundert, so zu Gustav Mahler, Jean Sibelius, Claude Debussy und dem frühen Schönberg. Als großangelegtes dreisätziges Orchesterwerk verbindet sie Techniken der Minimal Music mit der expressiven Welt der Spätromantik und des Impressionismus im postmodernistischen Sinne.