Through a choreography that navigates between bodies and a video installation, this production asks for the relationship between the gaze and the mechanisms and modes of appropriation, possession and dis*ownership of the body.
Who does my body belong to?
The voices of three video-performers interweave a narrative that accounts for the connection between the "own" gaze and the "external" gaze on the body. The bodies of the performers are mixed with those of the audience. Little by little they mobilize to give themselves over to a process of encounter, symbiosis and rebellion among themselves and in relation to the gaze of the audience. The images of the video installation offer a visual experience that links the gaze to the body and to movement. The bodies and gazes of the performers and the audience meet, confront each other, accompany each other, looking for their place in space and the precise distance.
own own body own is an international and interdisciplinary co-production between Kirstin Burckhardt (visual arts and psychology) and Brenda I. Steinecke Soto (choreography and philosophy). For two years, they worked artistically on the term Body Ownership. The material collection took place in Medellín (Colombia) and Hamburg (Germany) and encompassed movement research and filming in public spaces, community workshops and interviews. The project materializes in different formats: a performative video installation (Mojo Club Hamburg, September 2018), a four-day Body Dis*Ownership Program (Frise Künstlerhaus Hamburg, June 2019) and a publication (December 2019).