Very delighted to have been a small part of this year’s PHD research project conference helping out our friends Merijn Royads, Quynh Vantu and Fiona Zisch.
Here are some images from the event as well as the projects’ briefs.
Merijn Royads and ALTERED STATES
A description from a quick email conversation…
And some theory…
Altered States is an investigation into the works of the Projection Theatre, an experimental laboratory of sound, light, and movement, founded in 1922 by the artist and thinker Solomon Nikritin, and forced underground by Stalin’s Great Terror in the early 1930s. Altered States aims to write a history of the Projection Theatre from when it disappeared from the radar by working back, and forward from an event that took place simultaneously in Berlin and Detroit in 1987, and which has been attributed to, though was never claimed by, the Projectionists; Future-Z
No documentation of the Projection Theatre performances is known to have survived from either their early works in the 1920s, or indeed the 1987 Future-Z event.
We do however have some eye-witness accounts of one of the first Projectionist performances, and of Future-Z.
The following are two short extracts from these accounts:
«Once I was fortunate to observe it in action, having visited the notorious ‘Machine Dances’ on Monday at the well known Foregger’s Theatre studios, where the highest worship of the God of Machines was expressed through dance. The walls were entirely covered with schematic drawings, representing in various positions and longtitudinal sections the physiognomy and torso of the god.
The harmonious bodies of the cult’s clerics, both men and girls, in movements exclusively reminiscent of machines, left me with a very strange impression.
For the first time, here, I also heard the new holy church music of the machine worshippers. An improbable crackle, noise, whistling and groaning -all the noises of the world merged in a polyphonic tangled fugue. This music was growing and growing, bursting in the end with an unlikely, ear-splitting chord, eulogizing the infinite God of Machine Spheres..»
Quynh Vantu and Thresholds (description to be added)
and one of her references; https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CRnul0GRxqI
Fiona Zisch, Neuroscience and Architecture
Some of the critics and some people wondering what are these people actually doing?!