Currently hello!earth offers 2 works in the series *Exercises for revolutionaries.
It is a series of participatory works which collectively explore the sensing body as an activist.
*EXERCISES FOR REVOLUTIONARIES NO. 2
is a 12 hour overnight experience and a visioning quest for 30 participants. It explores what kind of community we can imagine as a post capitalist model of being and functioning together, and how could we stimulate a visioning and “rehearsal space“ for such a collective field?
Taking place in site-specific surroundings like in the building of the local City Hall, in a tent-like structure on a sandy beach or at a theatre venue.
*EXERCISES FOR REVOLUTIONARIES NO. 1
Takes place on a meadow in a natural environment. It is a sensory and poetic journey examining our relation to nature and our possibilities to organise ourselves as a collective and as a society. In nature, with nature, as nature. For a group of 30 audiences at the time.
An installation project in the public space, blurring the line between daily reality and art.
Street sign nstallation project in the public space stimulating a poetic dialogue amongst people, and reinforcing the potential for social relation and interactions in the city space. The content of the new signs is local-specific and based on the dialogue with the local community.
With more than 10 years of experience of working with and facilitating participatory processes we have gathered a wide body of knowledge that we would love to share.
Press wrote: “Great that Hello!earth can light a small fire in our thoughts – pointing forward. An inspiring example of how the theatres these years increasingly use the force of theatre with a more extrovert, societal aim: to let actors and spectators meet physically in a common space. To use theatre to find out how we can act together in new types of communities is a good, basic-democratic exercise.“
Visioning a post capitalist society while we sleep
What kind of community can we imagine as a post capitalist model of being and functioning together? And how could we stimulate a collective visioning and “rehearsal space“ for such collective field?
To address these questions, we invite the audience for an extra-ordinary experience in the frame of an overnight stay. Yes!... We’re inviting you to be our overnight guests, and to be part of an 12 hours durational and participatory performance, where the fragile situation of spending a night together with strangers becomes a catalyst for deeper meetings and a platform to re-think economy of meeting and exchange.
An experience facilitating a space of collective creation & visioning, interrelatedness and power of community, in which the potential of dreaming practice and the creation of new communities are central elements.
A 12 hour overnight experience and a visioning quest for 30 participants.
Touring : All year
Duration: 14 h
Age groups: from 15 years
Time for adaptation: 1 days plus scouting visit
Place: Local city hall, theatre, other venue.
Space: Min. 16 X 16 m. / Hight: Min. 5 m.
Language: English (can be presented in local language if wished)
Credits: Overall artistic concept: Vera Maeder & Jacob Langaa-Sennek
Co. creating artists and performers: Emma Cecilia Ajanki, Marga Socias, Vera Maeder, Jacob Langaa-Sennek.
Sound design: Emil Bøl / Tech: Jon Gelting / Production assistant: Rikke Baes-Carlsen
Producer: Eduardo Bonito / Research collaborators: Boaz Barkan, Eero Tapio Vuori, , Inge Agnete Tarpgaard , Mar Medina, Kai Schoppe, Robert Stejn / Internships: Suvi Leppanen, Kirsten Kaagaard
Supporated by The Danish Arts Council for Performing Arts, Metropolis, DNA Festival Pamplona, Huarte Center for Contemporary Arts / Research supported by Graner Barcelona/Sismograf Festival Olot, Arts Academy Helsinki, Forsøgsstationen Copenhagen, Vestjyllands Højskole, BIRCA residency centre Bornholm
Dance critic and journalist Claudia Galhós about “Life in the universe” at Sismograf festival 2016 in Olot/Spain:
“Life in the universe- a gathering for people, animals and minerals” is a secret shared only by small communities, who experience a life changing encounter with each other, with nature, and all vibrant materials which surrounds us. Going back into the 60s and Yvonne Rainer’s proclamation of the necessity of the presence of the body, by contrast to the representation of the body, this question becomes even more important in our days. And we lived, and felt in the skin, in our organs, in the relation to the others, that there is a possibility.
The future might not be so catastrophic as it is supposed to. In a very disturbing and joyful way, poetic and enigmatic at the same time, we lived in our bodies the conscience that it can be possible, and art is without any doubt urgent to be-
engaged in the process of transition.
Now, some people meet each other on the streets of Olot, cross their eyes, smile, embrace in a strong hug and whisper : we share a secret.
There are no photos of what really went on, just some images of landscapes we passed by... It’s a precious experiment.”
“A highly sensorial experience, simply impossible to categorise”.
“A collective acupuncture in the landscape, a new ritual, an entire different way of meeting each other.”
“A playful, poetic and existential entry for addressing central issues of our time”
LIFE IN THE UNIVERSE
A GATHERING FOR ANIMALS, PEOPLE AND MINERALS
A sensorial and poetic journey examining our relation to nature and our possibilities to organise ourselves as a collective and as a society. In nature, with nature, as nature.
A participatory performance for 30 people.
With “LIFE IN THE UNIVERSE” hello!earth invites you to a social event, a sensory nature experience, an audio walk, a joined laboratory, an excursion. A party.
Equipped with radio and headphones the audience embarks on a journey into the natural environment.
Departing from recent biological research on the capacities of bacteria for collaboration toward co-existence as the basic condition for development and survival ”LIFE IN THE UNIVERSE” challenges our ideas of ”nature” vs. ”civilisation”.
How would it influence our actions, if we related to both our surrounding nature and other people as an equally intelligent collective without hierarchy?
An invitation into a space, where we bypass the evolutionary imperative “survival of the fittest” and investigate the emerging shapes of alternative narratives.
Touring : May-September
Duration: 2 h
Age groups: from 15 years
Time for adaptation: 3 days plus scouting visit
Place: Local natural environment/meadow and woods. The departure point for the performance can be at any place in a town or city. The local context and surroundings become an integrated part of the performance.
Language: English (can be presented in local language if wished)
Credits: Overall artistic concept: Vera Maeder and Jacob Langaa-Sennek
Co-creating artists and performers: Daniel Norback, Vera Maeder and Jacob Langaa-Sennek Composer and sound: Pelle Skovmand.
Biologist, activist and dramaturgical consultant: Ariana Jordao
co-creating artists (wilderness residency): Gustavo Ciríaco and Riikka Theresa Innanen
The first edition of RE-STREET was developed as part of the residency project “re-everything” at Transforma laboratory for contemporary arts in Torres Vedras, Portugal. 18 Signs were placed throughout the old city on carefully chosen spots. Over a 3 weeks period they engaged a wide range of the population in conversations, reflections and discovery. The new signs were so well received that from being an artistic project with a 6 weeks permission by the City Hall, they were discussed to become a permanent element of the cityscape.
In 2014, the project were presented at the Mladi Levi Festival, Bunker in Ljubljana, Slovenia in August 2014
An installation project in the public space,
blurring the line between daily reality and art
RE-STREET are a series of street signs. Exact replicas of the street signs of a place, installed below the existing signs. The new signs reinforce the potential for social relations and interactions in a city and are invitations to re-think and act. They stimulate a different emotional layer that is overlapping the city map and create new functions and use of place in the city street.
The content of the new signs is local-specific and based on the dialogue with the local community. The signs are created throughout a process of research into the local issues, dreams, needs and relevance.
Touring : all year
Type: installation project in the public space
Time for adaptation: 9 days
Place: City/town environment
The project is presented in the local language
Concept: Vera Maeder and Jacob Langaa-Sennek
Co. creating artists: Anna Paula Albe, Arians Jordao, Rene Arnold, Vera Maeder, Jacob Langaa-Sennek
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examples of workshops, talks, and facilitations
Talks and work- demonstrations at conferences on participatory approaches, expanded choreography, community art projects and works in rural & urban areas.
Recently at Reccord conference of european cultural houses in Århus and upcoming at Next Move international conference in Arnhem/ NL, http://www.nextmove-eu.com/activities/conference/
Workshops at Art Academies on topics such as sensory-bodily exploration of environments, mapping techniques towards creating interventions & action research.
Recently for Design Students at Linnaeus University, Växjö Sweden
Teaching course in "Liminal States of Mind in participatory performance making"
Recently for a cross-disciplinary group of Master Students at the Arts Academy Helsinki, Finland
Collaborations with professionals from other fields
Recently on facilitation & sensorial approach to action research with researchers from the field of organisational development from Copenhagen Business School CBS on the event: “Wild disciplines and dirty knowledge” Urban action research event within the frame of the EGOS conference in Copenhagen 2017.