Performance investigating how the visual experience of a singular movement connected to sound can affect the bodily experience of space.
A single shift of weight starts an infinite arm movement. Microphones attached to the wrists capture the air of the circular movement. The repetitive movement creates an oscillating rhythm, a hypnotizing sound pattern which viscerally connects the viewer to the performer.
Sound and motion are in total unison. During thirty minutes the arm movement steadily increases its speed and diameter, until the performer reaches physical exhaustion. Anticipating the performer's exhaustion, the sound pattern begins to deconstruct itself. Short moments of silence and darkness, gaps in the sound and light pattern, randomly appear. The established audiovisual connection is interrupted, drastically altering the spatial experience of the performance.
Performance: Elias Kurth / Sound, Light: Marios Athanasiou (✝︎)
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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