Who are we? who
things cannot go on much as
before. all night we shall laugh
behind time's new masks. when the moment
hatches in time's womb we shall not
(Kereopatse Kgositsile / RSA)
“Black & White” invites artists and designers from Austria, Hungary, Slovakia, South
Africa and Madagascar to participate in the creation. It is about the reflection on cultural & collective identity exploring the question “Who are we in
relation to the Other”. The focus will be directed on values, symbols, rituals, relations and social responsibility. Planned outputs are three multilayered
videos combining contemporary dance, choreography, music, design and fine arts. There will also be photos and image compositions. The backgrounds, outfits and
artworks will be held in black and white.
BACKGROUND THOUGHTS “BLACK & WHITE”
Is it possible to visualise European or
African identity and does this lead to stereotyping or to mutual understanding? Who are we? Who are we as collective entity? Who are we as a collective entity in
relation to another entity? The own identity can only be measured in relation to another identity. Vienna - Timbouctou, Europe - Africa, Austria - South Africa,
Vienna - Johannesburg.. Europe, as human body dressed in its personality in a dance through time. Without shadings, in black and white. Staging identity in a
fusion of the arts - contemporary dance, choreography, design, music, fine arts, video, photography.
Is there such as thing as a European identity?
Can it be mirrored on a human body in a nonverbal way using images and symbols to visualise it? Can it, or fragments of it, be uncovered and made visible by these
image projections so as to become comprehensible? Could such image stories of different continents be compared to each other and would there be overlappings?
Exploring these questions, the focus lies here in the creation of multilayered compositions of cultural identity, in a comparative context between the
continents Europe and Africa. Looking into values, symbols, rituals, social patterns of action and stereotyping. In juxtaposing, in the comparison and mutual
contemplation, systems and conditions become conceivable.
Participating artists (list in progress):
Liz King (A), D.ID
Karine LaBel (A)
Moeketsi Koena (RSA)
Gudrun Kampl (A)
Alois Mosbacher (A)
Wayne Barker (RSA)
László László Révész (HU)
Claudia Rosa Lukas (A)
Mascha Fekete (A)
Katalin Mesterhazy (A/HU)
Mascha Fekete (A)
Saša Barbul (SRB)
Dancers, performers, marginalised youth (Roma in Austria and homeless youth in Madagascar) and further artists.
Dornröschen VJ Kollektiv
I'Trotra - International Contemporary Dance Festival in Madagascar 2012
Isaac Nkwe, Imfundiso Skills Development South Africa
Ragnarhof, 1160 Vienna
D.ID dance identity centre, Pinkafeld
Concept and project direction Europe:
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