Modern Body Festival 2016: I/WE/THEY

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Modern Body Festival: art as research through experience

What exactly is the ‘modern body’? We are inclined to think of our bodies as limited to what is contained within our own skin, but technology, philosophy, spirituality, religion, and science all challenge this idea. Modern Body Festival, an initiative organized in The Hague by artists / makers / performers Stephanie Pan and Stelios Manousakis, strives to examine the nature of our current existence, as it were, through the perspective of the ‘modern body’.

2016 Theme: I/WE/THEY

For our second biennial edition, we develop the theme I/WE/THEY to reach beyond the physical body to the social body, to explore how we exist and belong in today’s networked world, and what the cultural borders of a globalized society are. We are particularly interested in the effects of technology, digital communication and architecture as they are fundamentally transforming the way we exist as a society, culture, species. We focus on identity and community: how we interface with I/WE/THEY. Where do the limits of the self extend and where do the social bodies of group and community begin? How do we understand and position ourselves as individuals, while still feeling a sense of belonging and connection to an expanding global community? How do we exist, identify, and interact? Furthermore, how does architecture and technology influence our interactions with each other, and how can we in turn, influence architecture and technology?

The festival

For this edition, we collaborated with cutting-edge Taiwanese architecture platform Dezact, to create a double festival with a reciprocal format under the them I/WE/THEY:
Space Media Festival 2016: a DEZACT-led, MBF-infected, 11-day workshop-driven festival in Taipei with a final showcase on the last day (18-28 Aug. 2016), and an extended exhibition (28 Aug – Sept 11) at Toad Hill Taipei.
Modern Body Festival 2016: an MBF-led, DEZACT-infected, 5-day showcase-driven festival in The Hague, with accompanying workshops (3 days of thematic 1-day workshops and symposia, 2 days of performances and 11 days of exhibition taking place in 29 Nov. – 11 Dec. 2016).

Modern Body Festival 2016 featured works by 38 local and international artists. It  was hosted in several re-purposed artistic spaces in The Hague, and was constructed as a total experience for our visitors – one meant to move them viscerally, emotionally, mentally. The showcase itself was be a multi-sensory environment encouraging exploration across disciplines, seeking the modern body primarily within the worlds that emerge when artforms intersect, collide, and modulate each other.

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Year: 2016
Type: Festival as art project
Participating artists: A.lter S.essio (FR/JP); Atau Tanaka (UK/US); Kasper Toeplitz (FR/PL); Myriam Gourfink (FR); Utopian Body (CH/IT); Mo H Zareei (NZ/IR); Shih Wei Chieh (TW); Manuel Jimenez Garcia (UK/ES); Christina Dahdaleh (UK/JO); Jeroen van Ameijde (NL); Luis Rodil Fernandez (NL/ES); Tivon Rice (US); Weihaw Wang (JP/TW/UK); Satoru Sugihara (US/JP); Ludmila Rodrigues (NL/BR); Stelios Manousakis (NL/GR); Ping-Hsiang Chen (UK/TW); Stephanie Pan (NL/US); Thanos Polymeneas-Liontiris (UK/GR); Karel van Laere (NL); Mischa Daams (NL); Yolanda Uriz Elizalde (ES/NL); Cocky Eek (NL); Raviv Ganchrow (NL/US)l Ivan Henriques (NL/BR); Nimish Biloria (NL/IN); Julien Thomas (CA); Doreen Bernath (UK)
Dates: 29 November – 11 December 2016
Location: The Hague, NL: De Nieuwe Regentes, Paviljoen Baruch (former GEMAK), Quartair, Nutshuis, De Flat
Materials/Media: Intermedia / Mixed media / Multimedia
 Photo credits  Erin McKinney, Pieter Kers

Program highlights

Modern Body Festival meets Dezact 2016 commissions:
Woven Memory by Shih Wei Chieh (TW), Manuel Jimenez Garcia (UK/ES), & Christina Dahdaleh (UK/JO)
Flow by Jeroen van Ameijde (NL) & Luis Rodil Fernandez (NL/ES)
REGROWTH: For Toad Hill by Tivon Rice (US) & Weihaw Wang (JP/TW/UK)
Gem of Lives by Satoru Sugihara (US/JP) & Mike Rijnierse (NL)
The Grotto by Ludmila Rodrigues (NL/BR)
Body Maze by Ludmila Rodrigues (NL/BR) & Jen Hwang Ho (TW)

World Premieres:
The water within by Stelios Manousakis (NL/GR) & Ping-Hsiang Chen (UK/TW)
Hot Listening Booth by Stelios Manousakis (NL/GR) & Stephanie Pan (NL/US)
Implosion by Stephanie Pan (NL/US)

European premiere:
The Brutalist Noise Ensemble by Mo H Zareei (NZ/IR)

Dutch premieres:
La forme de l’âme by Utopian Body (CH/IT)
Loss | Layers by A.lter S.essio (FR/JP)
DATA_Noise by Kasper Toeplitz (FR/PL) & Myriam Gourfink (FR)
Myogram by Atau Tanaka (UK/US)
Quicklime by Thanos Polymeneas-Liontiris (UK/GR)

The Hague artists:
SLow | Largo by Karel van Laere (NL)
Respire by Mischa Daams (NL)
Maziterido by Yolanda Uriz Elizalde (ES/NL)
• Symposium lectures: Cocky Eek (NL), Raviv Ganchrow (NL/US), Ivan Henriques (NL/BR)
The Grotto by Ludmila Rodrigues (NL/BR)
The water within by Stelios Manousakis (NL/GR) & Ping-Hsiang Chen (UK/TW)
Hot Listening Booth by Stelios Manousakis (NL/GR) & Stephanie Pan (NL/US)
Implosion by Stephanie Pan (NL/US)