A research exploring the influence of Virtual Reality on the (real) body, constructing a physical language by moving through virtual space and bringing it into the non-virtual space.

Unknown spaces can still be discovered in Virtual Reality. Visually wandering through these virtual spaces, the body is unconsciously moving, acting and reacting to its virtual environment: mostly unfamiliar spatial situations. Based on a multitude of YouTube-Videos depicting people during their VR-trips, the performance investigates the future of body language and the notion of virtual movement — What happens to the body during these trips into virtual worlds? What kind of physical language emerges through the contact with fictional spaces? What will happen to the sense of touch, to the embodiment of arms and legs? Will we abandon our legs?

Performance, Sound, Objects: Elias Kurth / Licht: Flavio Von Burg / Object Manager: Pia Schwarz / Text: Virtual Insanity, Jamiroquai


‣ January 11 - 16

Cy-Co. The Cyborg Condition
Residency - Théâtre du Marché aux Grains, Bouxwiller, France

‣ July - October

Studio Grant Paris 2021


Elias Kurth (b. 1984 in Aarau, Switzerland) is an artist, performer and architect based in Berlin. Working across these disciplines, Elias Kurth explores the tensions between fictional and factual spaces, between individual fantasies and societal realities.
The projects vary in scale, duration and media, and always draw from the human body as a source of knowledge. Using movement as a thinking tool, Kurth develops intersections between performance, architecture and visual arts. His curiosity for the yet unknown and a strong sense for spaces and emotions create situational poignant experiences. The work, ranging from sensitive gestures to brute physical acts, reveals his playful reading of internal and external realities and their conflicts.

Elias Kurth graduated from London Contemporary Dance School ‘The Place’ (2009) and worked with several choreographers such as Lea Anderson, Requardt&Rosenberg or Compagnie Shifts. He graduated as an architect from the University of the Arts (UdK) in Berlin (2018) where he studied amongst others with Jean-Philippe Vassal, Enrique Sobejano, and Alexandra Ranner. He has worked as an architect for Andrés Jaque / Office for Political Innovation and Compagnie KHZ. His own work has been shown in the United Kingdom, Poland, Germany and Switzerland.

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