‘Oracle’ is an eyes-closed body-voice improvisation practice reading diverse spaces: train stations, parks, institutions, forests, public libraries, urban gardens and private living spaces. It interacts with these surroundings through instant sound and movement composition and expands the boundaries between individual emotional expressions and shared public space. Each practice session is unique to the moment and context. ‘oracle’ was created by Caroline Daish, Justine Maxelon and Michel Yang at the end of 2015 as a need to collaborate, vocalise and heal.
Last year we were all confronted by the effects of the corona crises and several lockdowns as well as with the death of one of our founding members. Oracle’s way of working allowed us to deal with both situations in creative and communal ways. Telepathy became one of our guiding practices to navigate those times, as well as the collaboration with various artists from different fields.
For our residency in IAC we’ve invited sound-artist Laszlo Umbreit to experiment with us on how the oracle practice can interact with his electronic sound practice. How can a live practice that is reading the present moment and is purely analog in its nature entangle itself with electronic sound devices and produce recordings beyond their documentary value. For us this residency is an exploration beyond the strict frame of the oracle practice, a dive into the unknown.
We’ve invited Alma Söderberg and Hendrik Willekens to join us in our playful and improvisational practices.
At the end of the residency a sharing moment of their current research will be organised which may take the form of an open table discussion, a collaborative performance or a listening session.