CATALYSTS – Somatic Resonance is a choreographic exhibition of somatic body states from the work of Icelandic choreographer Margrét Sara Guðjónsdóttir. The exhibition is a choreography of Augmented Reality technologies, kinaesthetic algorithms, archival video material and live bodies: a Mixed Reality. Visitors are invited to download the CATALYSTS app to immerse themselves in the resonant states of the dancers informed by Guðjónsdóttir’s deep tissue release practice “FULL DROP into the Body”. Premièred 24-28 Feb 2022 at the Institute for Cultural Inquiry, Berlin. States of affective potential arise from awakening latent energies over time, across media and flesh, expanding what dance can be and how bodies can remember. This work is created by an interdisciplinary team of artists and researchers and is an intervention into the tensions and potential of current digital cultures. It participates in ongoing discussions around the expanded choreographies of interconnectivity of mediated bodies, healing, feminism, notions of energetic citizenship, AI and the pathology of the wider social-political body within our own bodies. Visitors to the exhibition carry the states from this choreographic exhibition outwards, like ripples in a collective somatic field.
Collaborators: Margrét Sara Guðjónsdóttir: Concept, Choreography, author of performances and the “FULL DROP into the Body” practice Susan Kozel: Philosophy and Archival Concept Jeannette Ginslov: Affective Video Creation and Visual Concept Keith Lim: AR/MR/AI Creation and Interactive Technologist Photos by: Lasse Dahl, Jeannette Ginslov, David Kiers, Eva Schmidhuber, Jens Sethzman Original video footage: Jeannette Ginslov, Andrea Keiz, Eva Schmidhuber, Jens Sethzman, Antoine Verbièse Printing of images: Magnus Denker Original composed soundtracks: Peter Rehberg Dancers: Louise Dahl, Catherine Jodoin, Annie Kay, Laura Siegmund, Angela Schubot, Marie Topp, Suet- Wan Tsang, Marie Ursin Production management: Jill Emerson and Till Rothmund Supported by: Fonds Darstellende Künste with funds from the Federal Government Commissioner for Culture and the Media, co-produced by Data Society Research Program of Malmö University, Inter Arts Centre (Malmö), ICI Berlin, Open Spaces Festival Tanzfabrik Berlin, WUK performing arts. Video discussing the use of AI