esc-lab IV: 04/05/2019 to 26/05/2019

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ITERATIONS — Collaboration Contamination | Conformation I: Common Ground

During ten days of intensive exchange in the physical space of esc medien kunst labor and after a series of online meetings beforehand, the artists come together in a production residency. Different activities, activations, micro-performances, gatherings, recordings, discussions, pad writing sessions, among others, resonate with space. The esc medien kunst labor transforms into a spatial laboratory where ideas around Collaboration Contamination fill the room. As a result, a temporary installation comes to place: real dirt (soil) fills half of the room giving substrate to seeds and plants to grow — a metaphor to constant transformation. Under the bed of earth, sensors (movement and seismic) tell about the behavior of the visitor. The sounds and noises produced by the meandering are incorporated into a six channels sound composition that mixes the new information in an aleatory way with a database.  A moving coconut net filled with microphones and hanging over the center of the space incorporates sounds of its internal contortions to the composition. The atmospheric development is completed by 5 speakers singing a whispering choir.

Subverting the power relations and constructing a new conglomerate within an action, the individual names of the artists disappear, leaving behind just some vowels that formulate a new compound: Common Ground.

Artists: Nayarí Castillo, Antonia Manhartsberger, Norbert Math, Mia Melvaer, Constanza Mendoza, Ulla Rauter, Martin Rumori