THE FESTIVAL CLOSE ENCOUNTERS VOL. 2
– a performance-installation by Stella Geppert (DE)
They exude the otherworldly: are they hybrids between the animal and humans—or between creatures and machine? Communicating bodies leave traces and connect with the filigree rods of sculptures by Stella Geppert.
The performance Communication Captures initiates an affective space and forms the contingent fabric of social-communicative processes.
The performers employ a tactile communication organ, which expands the bodily properties. Spaces get charged and charmed for participation. Activating the body’s empathetic sentience through rituals of encounter creates a sociality, which is situated both physically and sculpturally. These textures inscribe themselves spatially, while conversations get captured in movement and form.
All the time during the opening hours of the festival the performance is open for the public.
All the time the performance is an ongoing process of communication.
The duration of the participatory part is minimum 45 min.
The participatory possibility for the public is happening at:
April 4th / 7 – 8pm Flattering Talk
April 5th / 4 – 5 + 7 – 8pm Flattering Talk / Babylonian Conversations
April 6th / 4 – 5 + 7 – 8pm Flattering Talk / Babylonian Conversations
April 7th / 4 – 6pm Learning from Babylonia / Dancing for a New Language
Charging and Charming the space, Flattering Talk and Babylonian Conversations, Attentive Rest, Collective Readings, Embodied Debate
About Stella Geppert
Stella Geppert studied fine arts at the University of the Arts Berlin and at the École des Beaux Arts, Paris. Numerous scholarships – the Bursary for Emerging Artists (Nachwuchsförderung, NaföG), the Bonn Art Fund (Bonner Kunstfonds), the Berlin Work Scholarship (Berliner Arbeitsstipendium), and, more recently, a research fellowship at the Centro Tedesco di Studi Veneziani in Venice – support her artistic development. Her work has been exhibited in numerous national and international exhibitions, with residencies in Japan, France, Denmark, Italy, and elsewhere.
Her practice investigates the performative body and spatial concepts as well as installations, drawings, objects, and sculptures. Her artwork is guided and accompanied by experimental research in relationship with spatial phenomena as well as communicative and social behaviour, thus making collective action visible in its immediacy through the form of sculpture. She teaches sculptural and spatial artistic practices at the University of Art and Design in Halle (Saale), Germany, and lives in Halle and Berlin.
Artist /Concept/Choreography/Installation / Stella Geppert
Dance, Performance / Jan Burkhardt, Lukas Geschwind, Stella Geppert, Michelle Lui, David Kummer, Sophia Seiss
Dramaturgy / Mariella Greil
Outside Eye / Sigal Zouk
Movement Research / Jan Burkhardt
Production / Susanne Ogan
Technical support / Mitja Windisch, Mirjam Dorsch
Supported by / Goethe Institut and Danish Art Workshops
Background / “Communication Captures” is shown for the first time. Elements of the installation were shown in Marrakech, Athens, Leipzig, Berlin.
Close Encounters Vol. 2 – for the brave audience
Communication Captures is part of the festival Close Encounters Vol. 2 – four intense days of present and participatory works, performances and installations, where we invite the audience to come closer. It all takes place at Den Frie Centre of Contemporary Art, with threads into the city of Copenhagen. Check the full program here
Opening hours of the festival
April 4th / 6-9.30 pm
April 5th-6th / 3-9.30 pm
April 7th / 3-6 pm