screensaver 1 (gallery version) at Villa Empain, Brussels as part of the exhibition Decor curated by Asad Raza, Tino Sehgal and Dorothea Von Hantelmann. 29th January 2016.
Dancers: Erik Nevin, Elisa Vassena, Louise Tanoto and Janine Harrington.
Video: Caroline Scheurmans
The screensaver series is an ongoing project exploring ideas around technology, attention and cognition. The screensavers exist as independent states/ scores for gallery, theatre and screen spaces.
With an interest in non-neurotypical cognitive experiences, screensaver attempts to emulate a “background” state in which the movement of colour and patterns are foregrounded, in between other types of demand and activity. In this respect the work will articulate a position in dialogue with what might temporally proceed and follow in a programme of theatre pieces, or in relation to the attentional dynamics in the gallery space.
The temporarily altered- “blank”-state of the early computer screen in screen-saver mode is here imagined as a moratorium on meaning making, a pause in processing, and a space in which something else can unfold. With a particular rhythmic quality of pattern change, and off-key spatiality to prevent burn-out, the lull of screensaver will be gentle and undemanding, and quietly stimulating at the same time.
screensaver for theatre was first tested at TripSpace Trip the Light Intercontinental Drifts 4 May 2016, and was made with the dancers: Vanessa Abreu, Charlie Ashwell, James Morgan and Stella Papi and with sound-designer Jamie Forth.
screensaver 1 gallery version at Blain Southern with Bosse & Baum.
Danced by: Vanessa Abreu, Charlie Ashwell, Janine Harrington, James Morgan and Stella Papi.
Make up design: Elliot Young
Images: Carlos Jimenez