Performance, Objects, Bodies is curated by Matteo Marangoni (iii), in collaboration with Quartair and TETEM. The show was presented in The Hague from September to October, 2017 and is now at TETEM, in Enschede, from November 2017 to 28th January 2018.

Flexor III – a system for choreographing people, 2017

Ludmila Rodrigues exhibited Flexor and Approximation, in new versions. Due to its site specificity, Flexor, is adapted to take advantage of the pillars in the exhibition space. While stepping on to the platforms and holding with their hands, visitors are connected through the entire system, and therefore feeling each other’s direct influence. The work explores social behavior, where visitors are activated and begin to communicate and negotiate space in motion.

As for Approximation, A Haptic Game, the piece was reformulated to provide a new position for the participants to sit and not see each other. In this setting, the visual barrier between the two persons creates a new situation for exploring Touch. In this context, social relationships are re-assessed and their intimacy is re-adjusted.

Approximation, 2017

In observing our relationship with objects, we see that it is not so clear where our bodies end and the inanimate world begins. Are we imparting life into the object or is the object allowing our bodies to express their vitality?

The exhibition presents a series of works in which simple objects invite the audience to take part in playful and open ended experiences. These can be thought of as compositions that are performed by anyone, much like the Fluxus scores – such as “draw a straight line and follow it – with the difference that the concepts here are embodied in the objects rather then presented through text. Lack of virtuosity need not result in banality. As conceptual artist Robert Morris put it, “Simplicity of form is not necessarily simplicity of experience”.

Performance, Objects, Bodies at Quartair, The Hague, was presented in an open laboratory format, during which 4 artists were be working in parallel at Quartair, developing and testing new ideas. At the end of each week, visitors were invited to come and participate in the artists’ process. Presented from September 15th to October 7th, 2017 (including Hoogtij evening, on September 29th and TodaysArt Festival, September 23rd-24th).

The works developed by Ludmila Rodrigues and Marit Mihklepp during this exhibition are now presented at TETEM, Enschede from November 16th, 2017 to January 28th, 2018. In The Hague the show was part of a larger program: “Connect the Dots“, which included a symposium and a performance evening at Korzo Theatre.

Video instruction for Approximation, TETEM, Enschede.
With thanks to Matteo Marangoni.