[ISEA2018] Artists Statement: Johannes Birringer, Haein Song & Claudia Robles-Angel — Ephemeral Edgespace

Artists Statement

Ephemeral Edgespace is an installation-performance that opens out to an immersive, ritualized, intimate event, ensounding the participants and including audiovisual, tactile and shamanic (mugu) interfaces that draw on particular concepts of multisensorial choreographic architecture, interactional objects, and luminescence. We understand such choreographic architectures as kinetic atmospheres (“kimospheres”) which are not art installations in the traditional sense but participatory scenarios, often built with fabrics and paper, which emphasize sensorial and affective ritualized engagements between dancers, musicians and audience. Ephemeral Edgespace is not a completed work but will be constructed to emerge in the South African local context of ISEA2018, adapted to the particular place we are given to work in

  • Johannes Birringer is a choreographer and media artist; he co-directs the DAP-Lab at Brunel University where he is a Professor of Performance Technologies in the School of Arts. He has created numerous dance-theatre works, video installations and digital projects in collaboration with artists in Europe, the Americas, China, and Japan. He is also the founder of an annual intermedia laboratory held at a disused coalmine in southwest Germany. DAP-Lab’s interactive dance-work Suna no Onna was featured at festivals in London (2007-08), and the mixed-reality installation UKIYO went on European tour in 2010.
  • Haein Song is a choreographer, dancer, and associate director of MARO who is passionate about creating multi-cultural performances by finding an interesting convergence between traditional and contemporary culture and arts. She has been trained in a wide range of dance vocabulary such as Korean dance, ballet, contemporary in the dance department of Gukak National middle and high school. After studying choreography at Korean National University of Arts, she has created numerous performance works interacting with diverse genres of arts such as multimedia, costume, and live music. She designs and creates costumes for her works, and has directed and performed in several internationally touring productions.
  • Claudia Robles-Angel is an interdisciplinary artist living in Germany, whose work and research covers different aspects of visual and sound art, extending from audiovisual fixed media compositions to performances and installations interacting with bio-data via the usage of interfaces such as EEG (electroencephalogram). Her work is often featured in not only media- and sound-based festivals/conferences but also in group and solo exhibitions around the globe. She is pursuing her PhD at Brunel University (UK) and is currently artist in residence at the immersive Lab ICST Institute in Zürich.