warp-speed minnesang



Choreography & performance
Lea Karnutsch

Object, music & performance
Ferdinand Doblhammer

Info
Augmented performance
 30 minutes

2024

Description
warp-speed minnesang is concerned with making network infrastructure tangible. These physical objects manifest themselves in the form of data centres, radio towers, mobile phone masts, satellite communication objects, data cables and more. While the insides of the objects - and thus the flow of data - are physically inaccessible, their outer, rigid shells remain the only form of representation. The external appearance of the landscape is increasingly populated by representatives of the digital space, who, despite their immense importance, are rather inconspicuously perceived.

In a live performance, the duo explores a hypothetical scenario in which the normally rigid shells of the digital network infrastructure are set in motion, influencing our daily communication. The modern minnesong of the dancer captivates both digital and physical objects, making them dance drunk with love.


Showings
discotec Vienna – warp-speed minnesang 07.02. - 16.02.2024


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The gestures on tv aligned to rush through the same positions over and over again, syncing to a short moment of movemental agreement, delivering the sound of the altered airwaves.

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At the exchange point a knot was untied, revealing pathways that had previously been blocked. With the increased data flow, the intentions behind the transferred strings would be guessed. A prince asking for a cash transfer via email just got his perfect love seeking match. The submission of the personal experiences of a grandmother and her apple tree got accepted on the wiki. Overall, the same imbalance still reigned.

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By entering the cell sites, the pilgrimage commenced. Through logging in and out, all the other pilgrims had to unknowingly adjust their radius to keep being connected. Increased cell breathing led to exhaustion of a phones battery, resulting in an interrupted call. While the pilgrims lungs expanded excessively, the interference vanished and the signal flattened.

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