MindBodyLightSound; performance cycle | 2006 - 2013
In the performance cycle mindbodylightsound I develop my ideas and experiments for theatre and performance, exploring the connection between light, body and movement in different spatial set-ups using electromechanical devices. In the performances MindForms (2005) and RGB (2007) for instance, I explored the two-dimensional representation of the human figure using basic scenographic techniques like (electric) light, darkness, distance and sound. The purpose of these experiments was to seek out the borders of the observable, deliberately using the physical limitations of the human visual system. In total darkness, the eyes and brain respond differently to coloured light, and as a result, the spectator has difficulty distinguishing between shape and volume (the body) and experiences involuntary shifts in focus (space and depth). By consciously working with these limitations, interactions between the appearance of the body and human perception occur. The image of the body becomes elusive and ambiguous. Very much alive though, and vibrant, but utterly unrecognizable.
Next step in this cycle is the adaptation of these staged experiments for the screen, using an electromechanical machine. The machine – essentially a vibrating mirror – acts as a mise-en-scene to further the deconstruction of human form, abstracting the anatomy through complex patterns that run across the reflective surface. The figure in the reflection becomes a fremdkörper, with familiar shapes and forms but a mutation altogether.