& MARTIN KUSCH
2007 — www.konditionpluriel.org
A hybrid of interactive installation and performance artistic direction: Martin Kusch, Marie-Claude Poulin, choreography: Marie-Claude Poulin, contributions to movement research: Benoît Lachambre, Dominique Porte, media environment/visual performance: Martin Kusch, composition and sound performance: Alexandre St-Onge, dramaturgy: Armando Menicacci, dance/performance: Catherine Tardif, installation: Martin Kusch in collaboration with Éric Belley, costumes: Linda Brunelle, lighting and technical direction: Éric Belley, sensor system: Technology Playgroup, max
consultant: Alexandre Burton
With the support of: Canada Council for the Arts (CAC), Conseil des Arts et des Lettres du Québec (CALQ), Conseil des Arts de Montréal (CAM) sowie and Vertretung der Regierung von Québec, Berlin.
A performance-installation project with one dancer, created by the performance production group kondition pluriel. It is a practical research into the possibilities created by blurring the boundaries between active performers and passive spectators, and exploring varying states of intimacy and proximity, with the goal of creating an artwork that oscillates between interactive installation and performance. The project incorporates dance performance, choreography, improvisation and a constantly evolving, dynamic and responsive media environment. This media platform is generated by continuous live input from multiple users – the spectators – via a series of wireless sensors attached and distributed both on the costume of a dancer/performer, and throughout the installation environment.
The mixed format of passage, an inbetween of interactive media design, dance performance and improvisation, creates a new model of dance-performance, which triggers social interaction, questions the spectator on his relationship to his own body, addresses his quality of listening and invites and stimulates the spectator to participate in a playful experience where he finds himself at once object and subject.