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Mutabili Numerus (OOO)


Mutabili Numerus (OOO) is my philosophical interpretation of the technological and cultural shift in the Anthropocene era. Humanity barely foresaw the internet, yet it rapidly intertwined itself in global daily life as if were a natural phenomenon, overriding authentic natural rhythms. It enables new freedoms, yet institutes invisible control mechanisms that impact communities and individuals; online social networks take over time previously spent in direct physical space, often in group activities that helped form cultures -- activities from the past like crafting and folklore that created bonds and mental stability through regular repetition. Social rhythms have been broken by insistent capitalist patterns, as well as technology; we need to understand their disruptive influence on human behaviour, and the resulting alienation and disembodiment.

My performance, installation and costume series inventories the sociological, economical, medical and cultural issues of our society and proposes some solutions. The work references Deleuze's Difference and Repetition (1968), bringing together elements necessary for a collective approach, with the formation of a common vocabulary independent of governmental/political/external control and censorship. It uses both an ancient understanding of the body and mind, and the conditions that these now suffer because of Anthropocene era destruction. It makes rhizomatic, networked, connections between disciplines to restore an emological balance.

Our dancers are, by chance not intent, Greek, British-Italian, Italian, Serbian, Spanish, German and from Ghana, though that is not how they define themselves. They want to create a new folklore together, drawing empathically on female social strength to make a flexible yet resistant cultural heritage. The inspiration comes from Philip Glass and Steve Reich, who studied other cultures and natural rhythms to break with traditions of composition.

The performance Mutabili Numerus (OOO) was developed together with the performers Barbara Agostini, Isabelle Sidony Capper, Pinelopi Kefou, Rebecca Korang, Nena Robertson, Beatriz Sanchez. This project is my Graduation Project for MA Art and Science at Central Saint Martins.

Many thanks to Veronica Horwell, Franziska Presche (Hair and Make Up), Olga Suchanova (Photography), Daniel Rubinstein, Emma Shackleton, and all supporting friends.
Pictures by: Olga Suchanova

Monika Dorniak (c) 2018