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-VISIONING A POST CAPITALIST SOCEITY WHILE WE SLEEP
AS PART OF THE SERIES *EXERCISES FOR REVOLUTIONARIES H!E
CURRENTLY OFFERS A VARIETY OF PARTICIPATORY WORKS INVESTIGATING THE POWER OF COLLECTIVES AND THE SENSING BODY AS AN ACTIVIST.
Investigating the sensing body as an activist, “The Tuesday Night Sleeping Club” offers an extraordinary experience where the daily rituals of going to bed, sleeping, dreaming, waking up again – are reclaimed as a collective magic and transformative space, dedicated to re-doing society, economy and community and to explore the power of collective sleeping and dreaming.
As the first step in changemaking, we have to let go of what we know!
Proposing an alternative set-off for facing the current ecological, democratic and economic crisis, Tuesday Night Sleeping Club invites into a contemporary ritual dedicated to the process of letting go of what we think we know, to be able to create the seeds of the future.
In a sensorial transformative journey, a futuristic think tank and a meditative haven, the fragile situation of spending a night together with strangers becomes a catalyst for deeper meetings and exchange, when each night a group of 30 people surrender themselves to the unknown, embarking on a 14 hour exploration of the night.
“The Tuesday Night Sleeping Club -visioning a post capitalist society while we sleep” picks up on different strands of post-capitalist thinkers like Charles Eisenstein, Gibson Graham and Otto Scharmer’s lab on transforming capitalism as references to inspire and think from.
Yet, at the core of the activity is the contemporary ritual dedicated to letting go of what we know and stepping collective into the unknown, as a first vital step in any changemaking. It is relating to the term post-capitalism as a “post-now”. Something with values not known to us yet, but new horizons to create and build collectively.
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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.
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
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, Catalan.
Credits: Overall artistic concept: Vera Maeder and Jacob Langaa-Sennek
Co-creating artists and performers: Daniel Norback, Merete Byrial, Gry Guldager Jensen, 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
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AN INSTALLATION WORK IN PUBLIV SPACE
BLURRING THE LINES 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, Ariana Jordao, Rene Arnold, Vera Maeder, Jacob Langaa-Sennek
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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.
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.