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Anthropocentric Choreography


For Student Affairs, at Foreign Affairs Festival Berlin, I designed this movement outdoor workshop in collaboration with dancer/choreographer Nelly Hakkarainen.
It is an interdisciplinary laboratory, which connects the medium of art with the analytic reflection of Zeitgeist politics. Therefore we use technology as a contemporary medium and explore the possibilities of the body in urban landscape. It is a continuation of my previous solo research Anthropocentric Choreography (2014/15).

Whether its the natural or the built-architectural environment - present circumstances force us to adapt continiously. Regarding the body as a flexible and interactive organism the participants learn to work with principles of choreography in public space. Starting with a general theoretic introduction to (self-) perception we continue with movement technics using the city landscape as a playground and stage. Technology functions here as a tool for creative expression and quick self reflection -
we are researching the balance between adapting to landscape and standing out of it.

The collaboration between dancer Nelly Hakkarainen and artist Monika Dorniak is fusing their two research pools, and thereby creates a more-in-depth-program. This includes Nellys interest in site specific choreography and Monikas interest in the science of the human anatomy and contemporary architecture.

The workshop invites participants from different disciplines to reflect upon the excessive usage of technology and life in urban space. The practical part of the workshop is connected with theoretic insight from our research pool, and makes it possible to actively discuss about the thematics.
There are no previous experiences in dance or choreography needed- instead we welcome different experiences and skills to create a versatile scenario.

We Convert Our Mind To Creativity


Video Still: Festival Trailer (2013)

In 2011 I initiated the self-organised group We Convert Our Mind to Creativity, with the aim to connect people from various backgrounds to talk about topics that adress us all, such as the human cognition, the anthropocene era, and collectivity. While the group had no specific location, it worked in various locations, and throughout the web.  Two major projects came out of this group 1) Festival of Art and Science (2012), Trier and 2) Synthetic (2013), Shift, Berlin. 

︎︎Festival of Art and Science (2012), Trier
A festival uniting artists and scientists and the audience to exchange, experience new knowledge, new technics, new relations regarding the universal topic >Human Cognition<.

With works by: Anthonis Antonellis, Dominik Bubel, Ting Cheng and Virginia Francia, Elisa Damm, Darko Dragicevic, Martin Fell, Rudolf Grillborzer, Demian Kern, Christine Sun Kim, Frederic Kokott, Ginna Lee, Tómas Lemarquis, Matthias Neumann, Thilo Seidel, Marielena Stark, Rosemarie Stuffer, Jetske Visser, Lukasz Wierzbowski

Symposium: Dr. Karl F Wender, Jasmin Sinha, Matthias Neumann
Moderation: Monika Dorniak

︎︎Synthetic (2013), Berlin



The installation Gedankenskulptur was developed for the Festival of Art and Science in Trier, curated and organized as part of my initiated group We Convert our Mind to Creativity. It offers the visitor interactive scientific, social and communal participation. The audience is given the possibility to use the Gedankenskulptur in an individual sense- whereas one person wants to enjoy the visual experience of the light projection or the haptic feeling of the fabric sculpture another person might be interested in the auditive scientific information about the human cognition, or wants to actually move trough the installation together with a dancer.

The main subject of the art work is the multi-faceted way of documenting "the human perception". The challenge is the experiment to interpret this fragile and yet very obvious theme in an installation and action. Within the exhibition room we sat up a 2m high wood sculpture, connected with various screws. The wood skeleton was covered with a tailored cloth in the color of the skin / anatomy. 

The installation in 2012 was missing 2 further sensual experiences. The concrete idea is to touch all major senses within this installation: not only by hearing the audio play, seeing the neural-like projections, touching and being touched within the interactive performance, but also by smelling and tasting.

Special thanks to the participants of the FH Trier for helping with the construction, Nynne Christoffersen and Sara Sboul for helping with the fabric cover, Troels J Christoffersen for taking pictures, Igor for helping with the audio play (featuring Miriam Maibücher, Troels J Christoffersen, Nynne J Christoffersen). And the donators of the fabric!

The installation was exhibited in the context of the Festival of Art and Science Trier, and the exhibition "KlangArt" inTrier, DE.