German-Danish visual artist duo J&K / Janne Schäfer and Kristine Agergaard are developing a larger experimental, durational piece for stage during a residency at Inter Arts Center and Inkonst. The work is positioned on the threshold between fine and performing arts and will both be a performative multi-media installation and a visual play to premiere at Inkonst during early 2020. We (working title) experiments with performativity as an expanded and post-anthropocentric approach through which collaboration and communication with objects and non-human species are explored.
During the residency at IAC J&K are developing a very specific performative research approach in which they are setting up dialogues with non-human entities to establish a form of language across life forms. The artists are using mental journeying techniques to meet and engage with objects, virtual images, minerals, plants, machines, smells, etc. The results of these explorations are collected and organised into a vast pool of data from which the script and all aesthetic choices for the final piece will be generated. In this way J&K attempt to work in close collaboration with the explored non-human entities, regarding them as co-creators of the work. The durational play will feature a hyper-diverse community of human and non-human entities as a vision for co-existence of life forms beyond the anthropocene.
J&K will be leading workshop sessions during 2019 to share their artistic research method and mental journeying techniques with an interested audience.