Modern Body Festival 2016: I/WE/THEY

Modern Body Festival x DEZACT 2016: I/WE/THEY

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 collaborate 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)
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, and 2 days of exhibitions and performances taking place in 29 Nov. – 3 Dec. 2016).
Modern Body Festival will be hosted in re-purposed artistic spaces in The Hague, and is constructed as a total experience for our visitors – one meant to move them viscerally, emotionally, mentally. The showcase itself will 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: TBA
Duration & Dates: 5 days: 29 November – 3 December 2016
Location: Various locations, TBA
Materials/Media: Intermedia / Mixed media / Multimedia