Miya Masaoka - laser koto
Jessica Lagunas
Meta Grgurevic
The conceptual background of this years' festival "Between Past and Future" relates to the eponymous book by Hannah Arendt who, back in the 1960's, argued that the condition of human existence, robbed of the traditional, transcendental, religious and moral standards employed to bridge the abyss between past and future, lost direction.
“Sonzai-Kan” means in Japanese: “to sense a presence of something or somebody”. What happens if the sight tells you are meeting a human, but your senses cannot recognize a human being? What determines if one is alive? And quite the opposite: how does a body without life act?
HOMMAGE à trois is a piece based on questioning authorship and ownership of ideas; we are dealing with stretching the territories of copying and originality; we work from an understanding that paying tribute establishes authority, while at the same time undermines it.
Štromajer and Zorman are preparing a new Internet ballet – Ballettikka Internettikka Nipponnikka, broadcasting live from Minami Torishima island, Japan. Paciific Ocean. Action to be performed: At the same time that two Suns simultaneously rise from the Pacific Ocean, two robots will walk/dive into the ocean, dancing an early morning Internet Ballet at the easternmost point of Japan, the Land of the Rising Sun.
Internationally renowned for her activity in the digital reality of Second Life, Gazira Babeli is born there in spring 2006. She is a character in the Matrix, something in between the Oracle and Neo. What she does has been either dubbed as bug, virus, performance or art; what we can say about it is that it subverts the traditional notions of space, time, body, identity and behavior we inherited from our daily experience.