2021-11-19

A New Zygot is Born


The Curatorial Mutiny team is proud to announce that we have been granted support from Kulturbryggan in Stockholm to develop the project "Zygot." It is an interdisciplinary project where the audience gets to experience new bodily experiences in natural waters across Europe. In "Zygot", performance artists, musicians, fashion designers and researchers work to develop new bodily experiences. This takes place during excursions to natural lakes, rivers and pools where the audience's bodies are submerged under water.

The process does not result in a final performance, instead the working group conducts a series of ongoing investigations together with different audience groups. We call these proto-performances. This makes the work an ongoing and investigative process.

- In the Zygote experience a small audience group (6-8 people) travel by minibus to pools, rivers, lakes or to bays of the sea.
- Here, the audience is invited to "find their way back to" the foetal stage while their bodies are immersed in water. They are led through these experimental water exercises by a choreographer. Together with her they develop new ways of experiencing their own bodies. They do so by investigating movements that the foetus performs during its development in the womb.
- To make the proto-performance process possible, a fashion designer creates wet suits that the audience wears in the water. The goal is not to create aesthetic costumes, but to create suits so that the audience can experience new bodily experiences. The suit also has a semi-permeable and stretchy cocoon-like "foetal membrane" and other features that help them find their way back to the womb. This creates limitations for the audience which in turn enables new bodily experiences.
- With Zygote the working group also develops hardware and software to work with sound in innovative ways. They are developed to create sounds similar to what the foetus hears in the womb. The goal is to work with the tactile quality of sounds (which the audience feels underwater). We work with underwater speakers and develop special digital interfaces. What leads to innovative sound expressions? What can musicians and composers learn from this experience?

The project is developed in collaboration with our partner Vision Forum and is led by choreographer Carima Neusser.

2021-10-05

Circle Squared at KTH in Stockholm

Circle Squared is a project that sets out to build further on the hardware and software development of the biofeedback platform “the EEGsynth.” Curatorial Mutiny has been part of the team of developers working with the EEGsynth since its inception 2014. The current project will strengthen the aesthetic and artistic potential of the EEGsynth. The goal is to develop technology that can be used by performers to create work where sound, moving images and light are merged to a whole performative universe. This technology will consist of above mentioned hardware configurations and might include completely new components, as well as custom created software solutions that will enable composition and performance with bio signals as raw material and sonic and visual results as output.

The technology will also be devised to give the performer, whose bio-signals are measured, expanded possibility of more nuanced and long-term precision in artistic expression. Armed with the knowledge of the previous work, the group is now ready to explore more layered levels of expressions; to increase the level of complexity of the instrument. The goal is to create a more virtuoso performances that, while putting a higher demand on the performer, would offer new depths in the material performed.

The Nordic workshop will be held at Kungliga Tekniska Högskolan in Stockholm October 14-17, 2021.

2021-09-28

 

Nordic Art Lab is a project in which Nordic Culture Point invites artists to work on-site with various kinds of interdisciplinary projects at their premises in Suomenlinna

During the first Nordic Art Lab, an interdisciplinary group of artists from Curatorial Mutiny will work to create the piece “Sensing Landmarks” over a two-week period. The three artists are Carima Neusser (Sweden), John Andrew Wilhite-Hannisdal (Norway), and Carola Uehlken (Germany).

The piece “Sensing Landmarks” brings together dance, visual art, architecture, music, and poetry with the aim of creating a guided tour that is specific to Suomenlinna’s nature, architecture, and history. During their residency, the artists will develop texts and scripts, choreography, music, videos, and scenography to guide the audience through an interdisciplinary experience with an emphasis on the senses. The work will be an opportunity to find new perspectives on Suomenlinna’s unique architecture and history in a creative and innovative way. The group will also invite people to participate in the creative process who have specific knowledge about or who feel a sense of love for the place. The work process is thoroughly transparent, with ample scope for improvisation.

At the end of the residency period, the public will be invited to participate in one of two guided tours
organised by the artist group in Suomenlinna on Friday 8 October and Saturday 9 October 2021.

Guided tours:
8 October at 7.00 pm
9 October at 7.00 pm

Registration beforehand! Maximum 25 people.

Starting point: Suomenlinna Tourist Information Office, C1 (Close to the main pier)

Sensing Landmarks forms a part of the project “Baroque Architecture and Submission” that is developed by Curatorial Mutiny and Vision Forum in collaboration with various partners including Morgondagens konstpublik and is supported by the Nordic Culture Fund.

2021-08-11

 


Curatorial Mutiny is proud to announce that our project “Baroque Architecture and Submission” is making a one off presentation at Uferstudios in Berlin. A new version of the process based project will be shown at 19.00 on August 25, 2021 and fundamentallydifferent from the previous presentation in Berlin.

The event is inspired by the baroque poem “Schaubühne des Todes” from the 17th century poet Christian von Hoffmannswaldau. Two dancers and a live musician present five tableaux vivants in the black box of the institution.

The project is supported by The Swedish Arts Council as well as The Swedish Arts Grants Committee.

2021-08-01

 

Within the project “Do Plants Dream of CO2?” French and Swedish artists together investigate what trees dream about. A second meeting will be held in Paris August 12. They write:

“Humans have traditionally ignored plants’ ability to solve problems. We have also been relatively blind to many of the similarities that we share with the plant life around us. But since we share the same planet and the same evolutionary past, we also share a lot of biochemistry.In biology much attention has recently been given to the agency of plants – how they sense the world and deal with changes in their environment.”

The participants investigate what implications the recent discoveries in biology have for the arts, via two connected questions:

- How does plant perception function – and what can art learn from this?
- What are the similarities and differences between humans and plants – and what can  art learn from this?

2021-07-01

Circle Squared in Copenhagen


Curatorial Mutiny and Vision Forum are happy to announce the second installment of the Untitled Biofeedback Project.  Nordic musicians and composers will meet in Copenhagen July 8-12. Circle Squared represent our organisation in the meeting. 

The project sets out to build further on the hardware and software development of the biofeedback platform “the EEGsynth.” Members of the network have been involved in the team of developers since its inception 2014 and the first meeting sets out for the Nordic participants to know more about each others’ practices and the potential of the project. The current project will strengthen the aesthetic and artistic potential of the EEGsynth. The goal is to develop technology that can be used by performers to create work where sound, moving images and light are merged to a whole performative universe.

2021-06-05

Vending Machine in Stockholm

 

We are proud to announce that Vending Machine is now open to the public:

Vending Machine
- Andreas Hiroui Larsson and Joakim Forsgren
 

2021.06.11–08.11 @ KULTURHUSET STADSTEATERN

 
Vending Machine is an album by Joakim Forsgren and Andreas Hiroui Larsson – a dialogue between the two and their different practices. On the album they have worked with audio recordings of malfunctioning billboards and vending machines, as well as of percussive sounds from a sound card case, and a tennis racket. BBC Radio 3 recently highlighted the album in a thematic episode based on the collaboration, and with an appropriate name: The Song of the Vending Machine.
Vending Machine is published by Thanatosis on 11 June, and is available in a vending machine at Kulturhuset Stadsteatern until 11 August.
 
 
Vending Machine is part of An Infinite Love, an exhibition project in three parts presented by Per Hüttner, Barbara Polla, and Joakim Forsgren, made in collaboration with SKF/Konstnärshuset, Kulturhuset Stadsteatern, Kl.9, and visionforum. An Infinite Love is made with support from the Swedish Arts Council. The vending machine at Kulturhuset Stadsteatern is installed on site with the support of Café Bar. Photographs by Jean-Baptiste Béranger.