Combustible Residency 2017

Freya Olafson & Yagiz Mungan and Daiane Lopez da Silva & Weidong Yang
SEP 7-9, 14-16, 2017, THU-SAT 8PM
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Join CounterPulse for a double bill evening featuring works by our 2017 Combustible Residency artists.

CounterPulse is broadening the international dialogue on art and technology by turning our focus to the creation of new works synthesizing body-based arts and new technology. In the Combustible Residency, CounterPulse has brought together innovative choreographers and leading creative technologists to create new works during an eight-month residency period. The creative duos, Freya Olafson and Yagiz Mungan, and Kinetech Arts (Weidong Yang and Daiane Lopes da Silva), have created bold new performances that antagonize and rediscover the corporeal body using virtual reality (VR) technology and big data visualization. 

Freya Olafson, James Phillips, and Lise McMillan, photo by Josh Dookhie

Freya Olafson, James Phillips, and Lise McMillan, photo by Josh Dookhie

Freya Olafson, a radically interdisciplinary artist who synthesizes a classical dance training with a critical and bold use of new media, has teamed up with Yagiz Mungan, a developer creating at the intersection of interaction, VR/AR, and virtual worlds. Together they have created MÆ – Motion Aftereffect, a project intending to reveal how virtual reality technology can animate / reinstate / destabilize the meaning(s) of the corporeal body.  The MÆ project catalyzes conversations about contemporary culture and performance while imagining societies future with advances in VR technologies.

Maria Sotnikova and Daiane Lopes da Silva, photo by Weidong Yang

Maria Sotnikova and Daiane Lopes da Silva, photo by Weidong Yang

Kinetech Arts, helmed by physicist Weidong Yang and choreographer Daiane Lopes da Silva, brings together artists and scientists to create performances that integrate dance with interactive technology, generating discovery and conversations through unconventional means. Kinetech Arts’ new work MESH explores a complex network of physical limitations and human connections, from which they find unexpected mental strength and bodily resilience. Dancers engage with big data visualizations from numbers from insurance companies, the black market, and healthcare institutions on how the human body and its parts are priced forming a lens through which life is reduced to monetary values. MESH affirms the value of our bodies, minds, and common humanity.

Post-show discussion with the artists on Thursday, Sept 14.

And come early on opening night, Thursday, Sept 7, for our Won’t You Be Our Neighbor Mixer, 5:30pm-7:30pm.

Edge Residency 2017 is supported by Ken Hempel Fund for the Arts, National Endowment for the Arts, Zellerbach Family Foundation, and The Kenneth Rainin Foundation.

[Cover photo of Freya Olafson by Josh Dookhie]


September 7 @ 8:00 pm
September 17 @ 9:00 pm