Motley in Venice (IT)

‘Motley’ will be part of the international performance program at Palazzo Ca’ Zanardi at the opening of Anima Mundi Festival – Visions 4th of October during the Venice Biennale in 2019. Performance and intensive research by Merel Noorlander, Artémise Ploegaerts & Ibelisse Guardia Ferragutti.

MOTLEY | Merel Noorlander with Artémise Ploegaerts & Ibelisse Guardia Ferragutti
Performance at Anima Mundi – Visions
Opening October 04, 2019 | 06:00 PM
Palazzo Ca’ Zanardi
Cannaregio 4132 – 30121 Venice, Italy

‘Motley’ is a collaborative research and performance on contemporary cyborgs. It explores how we experience our identity and contemporary intimacy through technology and the body. Movement, light and foldable structures are sculpting the body to reinvent the self and its environment.

The result is an interplay of sound, translucent prisma’s fixed on the body, movement and light. It transforms and reflects on its environment, the space becomes an active participant. Hereby the framework is flexible, adaptable, the resulting shape is each time the sum of more forces, into a new design over and over. Inspired by the works of Donna Haraway, with the body as a technological mutant that constantly change its form and meaning.


Residency Moving Lab Venice host us as artist-in-residence the first week of October; a Venice based cultural association that supports artists from all around the world through exhibitions, shows and trainings.

The performance is kindly supported by Stichting Gerbrandy Cultuurfonds and Soledad Senlle Art Foundation, Amsterdam; a non-profit organisation that supports projects by young and established artists working in a variety of disciplines. Many thanks to Moving Lab Venice (IT), Julie Jolicoeur of Lemon Tree House (IT), Bert Barten for advice and support in Amsterdam and Venice (IT), Arti et Amicitiae Amsterdam and Mette Samkalden for grant advice.