Dance performance and artist talk Perruche Summer Edition 2021

Becoming Plant © Grace Ndiritu

Sun, 11.07.2021

Horst Arts & Music Festival



The Perruche-Programme proudly presents ist final summer edition in collaboration with the Horst Art and Music Festival, embracing the return of physical encounters with a dance performance and artist talk:
 
After a year in which our interactions and sense-of-self have been defined and reduced by online meetings and digital avatar-like representation, the Horst Exhibition celebrates the raw fleshiness of the human body. Protesting bodies; dancing bodies; love-making bodies; tripping bodies - the concept of bodies in alliance as a way to enforce empathy, solidarity and community. These notions are explored through collaborations with artists whose practices span a wide variety of mediums and research. Several works will result from participatory projects or will, in themselves, function as a meeting place.
 
17h Artist Round Table "Trance, Dance and Shamanism. Artistic Perspectives on Body Knowledge" with filmmaker Michelange Quay, curator Sorana Munsya, Horst-curator Evelyn Simons and Perruche-curator Jana J. Haeckel
 
18h Screening „Becoming Plant“ (2021) by Grace Ndiritu
 
The live dance performance is part of the commissioned film, screened at Horst-Festival „Becoming Plant“ (2021), and follows six dancers who participate in a therapeutic group experiment with psychedelics, while temporarily ‘living’ together on the demilitarised industrial site of Asiat. While they are subjected to the plant’s consciousness and to each other’s presence, they perform a choreography, aligning their bodies with each other and with the architectural ruins. The film serves as a catalyst to discuss wider social and relational issues such as science, spirituality, psychiatry, healing, healthcare and the problems of collective depression and trauma resulting from living in the age of Late Capitalism. Becoming Plant features a specially composed soundtrack by techno pioneer DJ Jeff Mills.
 
Grace Ndiritu is a British-Kenyan artist whose artworks are concerned with the transformation of our contemporary world, including the impact of globalisation and environmental justice, through her films, photography, paintings and social practice projects with refugees, migrants and indigenous groups. Works including  > The Ark: Center for Interdisciplinary Experimentation; COVERSLUT©  fashion and economic project; and performance art series,  > Healing The Museum , have been shown around the world since 2012. Ndiritu has been featured in TIME magazine, Phaidon’s The 21st Century Art Book,  > Art Monthly, Apollo Magazine’s “40 under 40”  list,  > Elephant magazine , and The Sunday Times Radio Show with Mariella Frostrup. Her work is housed in museum collections such as The Metropolitan Museum of Art (New York), The British Council, The Modern Art Museum (Warsaw), and private collections such as the King Mohammed VI Collection in Morocco and The Walther Collections in New York and Germany. Her experimental art writing and images have been published by The Whitechapel Gallery in the Documents of Contemporary Art anthology series, The Paris Review, Le Journal Laboratoires d'Aubervilliers, Animal Shelter Journal, Semiotext(e), The MIT Press, Metropolis M, and The Oxford University Press.   
 
Michelange Quay is an American filmmaker of Haitian origin. He has directed numerous short films in Haiti, including "The Gospel of the Creole Pig", presented in the official competition of the Cannes Film Festival in 2004. He has been awarded Best Film awards in Milan, São Paulo, Stockholm, Rio de Janeiro, as well as the Golden Leopard at the Locarno Film Festival. His first feature film, "Eat, For This Is My Body", was selected in numerous festivals including Sundance, Toronto, New Director/New Films, Seattle, Rotterdam and was awarded at the Miami Film festival. Mr. Quay is also an electronic music producer. He is developing a genre mixing Haitian Voodoo with Chicago ghetto house. As a contemporary video artist, Michelange has shown his performances, based on the incorporation of his hypnotherapist practice in his relationship with the spectator in Paris, Switzerland and Belgium.

Sorana Munsya is a psychologist and curator. Her curatorial practice and writings, she is currently concerned with the connections between art and individual as well as collective care strategies or practices. Sorana Munsya was assistant to the artistic director of the 5th Biennale of Contemporary Art in Lubumbashi (2017) and is part of the editorial team of the contemporary art magazine Afrikadaa. She is also a member of the eponymous collective with whom she organised the African Art Book Fair (Fiac, Art Basel) as editor in charge of the contributors during the Dakar Biennale in 2018. In 2019, she was invited as a curator to the 3rd edition of the International Painting Meetings of Ouagadougou. She regularly writes texts for exhibition catalogues such as the one for the solo exhibition "Tornado" by artist Pascale Marthine Tayou at the Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art in Ostend and the one for the Photography Meetings in Bamako in 2019.

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