PARTICIPATORY ART WORKS
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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.
A NIGHTTIME SLEEP AND ACTION RADIO
Tuesday night sleeping club is a night time sleep and action radio that connects
the sleeping city. Making each one of us aware that we’re already connected as a giant sleeping collective!
It invites us to explore our sleeping and dreaming as a space of interconnectedness and intuitive time and invisible political presence. An invitation to connect to the night and sleep as a space of collective creation, sensitive meeting space and time for the basic right to rest for all of us.
To participate you tune into the live streamed radio channel on Tuesdays at 21h -and off you go.
Carried by the tenderness of the night we may embark on discoveries beyond logics of functionality:
What if organic time is resilience, surrender an act of resistance?
You may choose to experience the night time sleep and action radio from home, or venture out into the sleeping city, where alternative forms of assembling are emerging as lively organisms.
Co-produced with Copenhagen International Theater/ Metropolis.
Co-creating artists :
Emil Sebastian Bøll, Daniel Norback, Boaz Barkan, Jacob Langaa Sennek, Vera Maeder
“A night in the trees” is an extra-ordinary
overnight experience inviting you to spend the
night softly hanging in a hammock between old large trees.
A guided do-it-yourself/do-it-together experience inviting you to enter into another biological and geological time.
When nighttime falls, you pick up your overnight kit and equipped with a comfortable hammock, a small number of items and a set of instructions to carry out your own night time ritual “A night in the trees” begin. You can venture out alone or together in a small group. The only things you have to bring is your sleeping bag and an open mind.
The instructions will take you to a specific tree which will be your companion and source for an immersive journey on becoming part of natural systems. Reframing our humanness while relating to the more than human, the explorations lead you through the night, touching upon notions of collectivity, entanglement and spirit.
The special presence of the old trees are brought to live and we enter into a felt and sensuous dialogue with their behavioural patterns of forming communities, ways of connecting with their surroundings, their communication systems and collective emergence.
The night is approached as a ritualistic space for surrendering to the unknown. The immensity of the night and the action of sleeping and dreaming underline the intimacy and transformational potential of the journey. Making us receptive for visions for what is to come and we could create- to be taken with us into the day, and shared with others.
Jacob Langaa Sennek and Vera Maeder
Developed in collaboration with biologist Fin Jordao, Center for Alternative Technology Wales and Eero-Tapio Vuori, Reality Research Center (Helsinki, Finland)
Produced by hello!earth and Copenhagen International Theatre
-VISIONING A POST CAPITALIST SOCIETY WHILE WE SLEEP
“The Night -visioning a post capitalist society while we sleep” offers an extraordinary experience, reclaiming the night as a collective magic and transformative space, dedicated to re-doing society and to explore the power of collective sleeping and dreaming.
Yes!... you are invited to be our overnight guests, and to be part of a 14 hours sensorial journey, where each night a group of 30 people surrender themselves to the unknown.
The fragile situation of spending a night together with strangers becomes a catalyst for deeper meetings and exchange.
“The Night -visioning a post capitalist society while we sleep” transforms the daily routines of going to bed, sleeping, dreaming, waking up again into a contemporary ritual dedicated to the first step in any change making: to let go of what we think we know and inhabit the present moment as a liminal space. A futuristic think tank, a meditative haven and a radically different ground from where to think, sense and act from, far away from the daily logic of productivity and effectiveness.
Throughout the night you may surrender yourself entirely to sleeping, or you may choose to be woken up for nocturnal explorations. When morning comes we meet, with the fragility and boundlessness of the night still deposited in our bodies for a conversation where dream logic inspires the collective imagination.
“The night- visioning a post capitalist society while we sleep” was premiered in 2018 in Pamplona and Copenhagen. The work pics 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 build from.
“*Exercises for revolutionaries” is the overall title of hello!earth works investigating the sensing body as an activist.
“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.“ Monna Dithmer, Politiken, DK 2018
Short video of "The Night -visioning a post capitalist society while we sleep” filmed at DNA festival in Pamplona, Spain and at Metropolis in copenhagen (Locations in cph: Copenhagen Contemporary, Refshaleøen and Korsgadehallen, Nørrebro.
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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. 18 X 18 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 Sebastian Bøll / Tech: Jon Gelting / Production assistant: Rikke Baes-Carlsen
Producer: Eduardo Bonito / Research collaborators: Boaz Barkan, Eero Tapio Vuori, Inge Agnete Tarpgaard, Mar Medina Dias, 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.
An invitation into a space, where we bypass the evolutionary imperative “survival of the fittest” and investigate the emerging shapes of alternative narratives. A participatory artwork 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?
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.