What did we do in 2018?

hello friends,

Yes, I know this is just a marker in time- but sometimes we just need some points of fixed meaning in this primordial soup.

This year’s been a strange year. With all those planets retrograding  it all felt a bit backwards/forwards.  I felt like a yo-yo being pulled and pushed and spinning around other people’s hands, going forward, backwards, sideways and all ways but nowhere at the same time.

Although I have been thinking and researching about my own artistic projects, this year has really manifested group work  and I have been part of various teams facilitating visions and ideas.  I feel blessed that my ideas have also been put into action by great teams of fantastic individuals. There is always a point of cross over between us – the things we share in the Venn diagram of our interests, concerns,  experience and inspiration.

2018 was not easy for many of us. I’m searching around in my experience to try and pull out the best things and the things I want to take into the future, even if they are lessons about what didn’t work or things that still have unrealised potential. This is the first time I have done this and my intention is to share.

2018 kicked off in Berlin. Annett Holand asked me to come and perform the 26 hour New Years ritual. It was exciting to do this officially after some years (maybe 9 or 10ish) of enacting it unofficially.  This lead to a fruitful collaboration this year change (more later)

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I came directly from Paris on the way back to Switzerland and the whole year felt like I didn’t really arrive back, I didn’t stop until December when, eventually, I kind of keeled over and lay quite still for a while (I’m still picking myself up).

So the next journey CH-Paris-London-Paris-CH; trying to travel by train as much as possible; trying to sort through the mess in my parents attic.  Discovery. Rediscovery…

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This is work in a group formed by David Mayor  called “Cephalopedia” extending notions of body hacking with muse headband (worn and programmed by Aiste Noreikaite) and Myo arm band that I am wearing, it is one part of a three-part performance, which  includes my father improvising on the electric bass with his EEG showing directly on the screen and my mother as time keeper. If you want to see the whole thing let me know.

https://cephalopedia.wordpress.com

fast forward through research – digging in the archives of the self and inevitably us/we … whatever.  Still in Process…

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And then to Paris performing Hazard Zone a project lead by Zdenka Brungot Svíteková at a Soirée des Chorégraphes, Carreau de Temple, Paris.

https://zdenkabrungotsvitekova.wordpress.com/current-process/

In August back again to England  for more “Cephalopedia” actions:

Also a piece in 3 parts – here is just the first – again my parents outdid themselves! Thank you to David Mayor and Ines Amado-Harris (I will have the video of their mind-altering conversation piece shortly) and of course to Aiste Noreikaite.

This ones a bit longer so I suggest having it on while you do something else. That’s kind of the idea. The signs read: “Do Not Look at This”, “Talk Amongst Yourselves” and “Sign Not in Use”.

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The rebirth of the Siphonophore

Inspired by the communal nature of this creature, but perhaps lacking its majestic presence and years of evolution the “siphonophore” is an experimental experiential social sculpture designed as an invitation to play. By creating a giant piece of clothing for a many-armed-and-legged being the question is asked about how we work together in teams and how we organise. A reference is also being made to a social body that is composed of individuals as in Hobbe’s Leviathan.

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A small performance at Saint Margaret’s House in which the audience wore the muses and we worked with pre-recorded  noises from the space put through a grain filter stimulated by the Myo arm bands. This was a bit of a breakthrough and  we worked on the idea again in November. A big thank you to David Cunningham who helped us with the concept.

Onwards to Prague (my first time in this city). This is a still from the final presentation. The whole experience of being part of this mentoring program was really great for me and opened up, not only the space of contemporary dance but the possibilities  of the spaces between disciplines. Thanks you so much Zdenka Brungot Svíteková for inviting me to attend as “interpreter”  (I was super lucky and happy that Rolf came to spend some days with me in Prague and we could travel back together).

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Holiday in Sardinia via Roma.

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During 2018 – I have also had the absolute pleasure to join these talented musicians http://www.loren.nprblm.ch  

Here we are at the Schüür performing “Dying Swan” for  Der Sedel Rockt. They are also a great trio so book them/us/both/all !!

…nearly through the year, its now November and we go to Lithuania. Taking the original  score for Digital Empathy we used this opportunity to tweek the sounds. There are still some things to work on, but it was great to make these improvements.  Thank you to Commoona festival and Aiste’s mother and the audience.  In this little video the sound is perhaps the most important thing. The ambient notes in the background are our brains and the other noises are  taken from sound recordings of the space we are in and distorted through the Myo bands.

 

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Aiste and I receiving some mentorship from Aiste’s mother  photo by Raminta Maciuleviciute

 

Then to Czech…

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Perhaps this was the hardest part of the year for me.  I managed to get myself to a tiny Czech village for a residency with Zdenka Brungot Svíteková’s project HazardZone when I came down with a painful ear infection. But we managed to get some footage of the group and the process.

Luckily upon arrival home it was time for the year’s grand finale so I couldn’t stay down for long…

Anywhere on Earth 2018-2019

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Celebrating Chicago New Year with a Video singalong by Carron Little Auld Lang Syne 7am MEZ

The idea of the project is simple: to celebrate the turning of the year in every time zone between 11 am on December 31st, 2018 and 1 pm on January 1st, 2019 and in doing so celebrate that we are living on a sphere spinning in space.

The earth revolves every day but the change of year is poignant: the countdown to the stroke of midnight, fireworks, local customs etc. our measurement of time is a human construction inwhich we have come to believe. With this celebration we wish to recognize and celebrate other perceptions of time and question the premise of our current euro-centric paradigm. Baker Island and Howland Island are the last parts of the earth that celebrate the New Year and from this final time zone in the 26 hour celebration we take the name of this year’s party: AoE – Anywhere on Earth.

This year was epic both in terms of planning and stamina. We invited artists from our social circles to contribute work to be shown over the 26 hours. There were video works, live skype linkups, live performances and even a green screen room that we attempted to live-stream on youtube.

The biggest thank you to my co-pilot Annett Holand who brought this endeavour to new heights and designed the most beautiful little booklet to accompany the event.

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If you wish to know more about any of these projects or just want to drop me a line to catch up do not hesitate to get in touch. I promised myself that 2019 would not be as full – so I am looking forward to reconnecting.

I’m endeavouring to start a patreon site and I would be really grateful if some of you had a look or became a patron – I’m looking at ways to make this work sustainable and to devote as much time to it as I can.

https://www.patreon.com/zfdarling

I also want to get things out into the world and its easier if you know someone wants to receive them.  Looking forward to hearing from you all.

Sending much love to you and yours.

 

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