Motley performance

With pop-up objects, Noorlander reveals the continuously changing patterns through the movement of the body. She studies folding techniques and projections in which she plays with space, light and time. This performance focuses on the cyborg as a philosophical concept from Donna Harraway, with the bionic human being as a technological mutant who can constantly change meaning. In collaboration with Artemise Ploegaerts and Ibelisse Guardia Ferragutti, 2019.

What is the role of the body? Can we view the body of the cyborg as just a platform for (technological) meaning? Or does the body fold the patterns of meaning, and how does this happen?

Movement, light and foldable structures are sculpting the body to reinvent the self and its environment, the space becomes an active participant. The framework is flexible, adaptable, the resulting shape is each time the sum of more forces, over and over.

Concept: Merel Noorlander in collaboration with Artemise Ploegaerts and Ibelisse Guardia Ferragutti

Costume: Merel Noorlander and Pelske Veerle van Rossum

Performance at ‘Visions – Anima Mundi Festival’ Palazzo Ca’Zanardi, Venice, 2019 in collaboration with Artemise Ploegaerts and Ibelisse Guardia Ferragutti, curated by ItsLiquid, hosted by Moving Lab, sponsored by Gerbrandy Cultuurfonds and Soledad Art Foundation

Performance at ‘Out of Order’ @ Arti et Amicitiae, 2018 in collaboration with Alice Pons and and Ibelisse Guardia Ferragutti, curated by MILK Amsterdam, sponsored by Fonds Kwadraat, MILK Amsterdam

Video registration: Konstantin (2018) and Sandro (2019)

The performance was in 2018 part of the exhitbit Out of Order, curated by MILK.

MILK sees a generation of artists experimenting with industrial techniques and natural forces to generate movement in their work. Their mechanical designs are intended to explore artistic discipline, form, material, time and space. The active exhibition is a response to digital and interactive developments in art. It offers a physical counterbalance and shows the course of things; a reality that the viewer has little influence on. The changing images are random or are proportional to time. The front and back of the movement process is visible in the installations. With this kinetic exhibition, MILK not only shows the beauty of movement, but also the sounds associated with it and the often inevitable standstill.

Artists: Merel Noorlander & Oscar Peters, Jorrit Paaijmans, Jean-Philippe Paumier, Joris Strijbos & Nicky Assmann, Art van Triest, Philip Vermeulen and Corine Zomer.

Out of Order | Performing Objects
26 mei t/m 17 juni 2018

Arti et Amicitiae
Rokin 112, 1012 LB Amsterdam