Oona Libens was selected as artist and musician for the residency “IN PROCESS – Experiments and errors” by HAUT and IAC. The first part of her residency at HAUT in Copenhagen (October 2020) had to be interrupted due to illness. For this reason, Oona will spend a few working days at IAC before starting the second part of her residency at IAC in March 2021.
In her project ‘Spider Threads’ Oona wants to investigate the relationship between binary technology and weaving, as part of a bigger question about how the digital technology could be defined by curiosity and inclusivity instead of commerce and surveillance. She will plunge into binary matters and associate freely around dualities, cellular automata (mathematics), the history of information, punched cards, etc… To visualise this immaterial and virtual technology she wants to make use of a weaving technique with punched cards; the same technique that was used to build the first computers.
A special role will be given the spider, the archetypal weaver. She will serve as a metaphor for a technology that does not let itself be domesticated for profit-oriented purposes.
The work of Oona Libens (Sweden/Belgium) is mostly light, and shadow based and combines science and technology with a poetic visual language into almost-puppet, almostcinema performances.
Oona Libens has been invited to be part of the residency format through the open call “IN PROCESS – Experiments and errors” curated by Naja Lee Jensen and Christian Skovbjerg Jensen. The residency falls into two parts. The first part is a one week residency at HAUT in Copenhagen (October 2020). The other part is a one week residency at IAC (March 2021). Both residency periods end with a public sharing and moderated feedback.
Photo credits: Morten Arnfred, Good Place Productions