© Paulina Matusiak & Eddy Wenting
Location: Over het IJ Festival
Place: NDSM in Amsterdam
Date: 9 until 18 July 2021
Ecognosis, a riddle. Ecognosis is like knowing, but more like letting be known. It is something like coexisting. It is like becoming accustomed to something strange, yet it is also becoming accustomed to strangeness that doesn’t become less strange through acclimation. Ecognosis is like a knowing that knows itself.
The interactive stop-motion animation installation Ecognosis N 52° 21’ 39.207” E 4° 41’ 49.702" is inspired by Alan Weisman’s book The World Without Us. In this book Weisman describes how nature takes over everything in different places in the world after the disappearance of human life. We depict this idea through the projection of stop-motion animations of insects and plants on the world, as we know it. We would like to invite the visitor to interact with the installation. The insects and plants will react on the position of the visitor and the sounds the visitor makes. We emphasize with this installation that humans are a part of nature and that we are in constant interaction with our surrounding.
Rituals resemble stones; they are imperturbable, unalterable and self-contained. Rituals are the exact opposite of human indefiniteness. Rituals release the participants from their daily questions and insecurities. Rituals can tame emotions without suppressing them. Rituals clasp the individual in the firm grip of the group. Rituals communicate that which nobody is able to express or understand. Rituals assuage the desire for meaning through their perfect form. Rituals give the person something to hold on to as compensation for his/her lack of ‘completeness’.
The phone is ringing non-stop. Letters are piling up. Files are untraceable... How can you achieve something if you don't know what the purpose is? In Paperwork BetweenTwoHands builds a paper refuge for Franz Kafka: the office clerk who wrote masterpieces to escape his oppressing reality at night. Kafka’s world of thoughts between court letter and fantastic masterpiece are transformed in paper objects. With one single fold, a world can appear, or disappear.
A miniature object theatre in which poetic experiments are conducted. Duodenum is about the diversity of the feasibility of society. It explores the interaction between how people make things and hybrids on the one hand and how these things and hybrids affect people on the other hand. The viewer is witness of a series of strange experiments conducted by a doll in a laboratory.
In a setting of 40 by 30 centimetres in which objects predominate, we see the musings of a lonely man. Inspired by A Thief’s Journal, a novel by Jean Genet about the dark side of existence, Erin Tjin A Ton and Gosia Kaczmarek took the loneliness of the protagonist and used it as guide line for The Journal.
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