The performance is based on a choreography of gestures performed by the participants with the help of telephones generating a collective sound and movement situation. The participants are informed in advance about the event and its basic rules. They agree for their image to be registered and used in the performance and later exhibitions. Those who have registered for the performance should have a cell phone with the latest version of the application installed. The main venue of the event is a space with an audiovisual installation “alive” only thanks to the activity of the participants, i.e. using the application remotely or on-site. Remote participants are represented as a white dot on the phone screen. All around on a hexagonal plan are arranged screens made of tulle with video projections representing:
– an app screen with moving dots representing all performance participants and their movements;
– An interactive video with choreographed gestures reacting to the participants’ settings;
Temporary Nation is dedicated to selfless, collective performance, encouraging people to re-enact the idea of connectivity. Mastering seven gestural body alignments turns a cell phone into an instrument of Temporary Nation. Finding your personal choreographic approach will enable you to create a collective soundscape or even an adventurous musical performance!
Piotr Wyrzykowski – artist, performer, set designer. He is a creator of experimental mobile applications, video, multimedia performances, photography, Internet projects, interactive installations, projections in public space. Studied interior design, and then painting at the State Higher School of Visual Arts in Gdansk. Received a diploma at Faculty of Intermedia of prof. Witoslaw Czerwonka. Wyrzykowski is one of the few Polish artists whose work (“Beta Nassau”) is in the collection of the Museum of Modern Art in New York. His works are also in the collections and archives of the MSN in Warsaw, Wrocław, as well as the Museum of Art in Łódź and NOMUS in Gdańsk, CCA Zamek.
Echo Ho is an interdisciplinary artist, composer, and performer born in Beijing who lives and works in Cologne. Her artistic practice includes audio-video installations, sound art interventions, intermedia performances. In Ho’s artwork, the modular construction creates an onomatopoeically distorted, poetically strange and “un-homely” world, consisting of subjective experiences and the search for a homeland, but also of globalized artifacts, often shows a complex migration context and conceptual links between culturally diverse materials and artistic disciplines. Ho re-invented the oldest traditional Chinese string instrument “Gu Qin”, turning it into a “Slow Qin”, and allowing it to become a wireless interface for controlling computer digital music software. Her work has been exhibited internationally at the He Xiangning Art Museum in Shenzhen, Center-A Vancouver, ISEA 2010 Germany, ZKM Karlsruhe, among others. She was a fellow of the interdisciplinary “Graduate School for Arts and Sciences” at the Berlin University of the Arts. From 2007 to 2013, she was an assistant professor at Media Academy of Media Arts Cologne and taught in the area of sound and electronic media. Since 2016, Ho has created her new musical alias ZO-ON SLOWS. Web: www.goechospace.com
Concept: Piotr Wyrzykowski
Gesture strategies & musical composition: Echo Ho
Producer, curator: Katarzyna Boratyn
Choreography: Michael Maurissens
Vocals: Lopsang Gelek, Bettina Wenzel, Patricia Kuellgis, Echo Ho
Recorded and mixed at KlangBureau.de by Joker Nies
Mastered by Marcus Zilz
Thanks: Natalia Cichowska (IAM) Aleksandra Księżopolska, Lilla Schally-Kacprzak, Mona Rena Górska (CCA Łaźnia)
Temporary Nation is part of “+100” project which has been conceived by Roderick Coover, produced and co-curated by Katarzyna Boratyn under the institutional direction of Anna Szylar at the Adam Mickiewicz Institute. The project is part of the international cultural program POLSKA 100 coordinated by the Adam Mickiewicz Institute, implemented as part of the NIEPODLEGŁA Program for many years 2017-2022. It was financed from the funds of the Ministry of Culture and National Heritage under the Multi-annual Program INDEPENDENT 2017-2022.