Worldwide mobile performance
We! The temporary nation.
Piotr Wyrzykowski’s and Echo Ho’s project provokes a post-digital dance ritual, which emphasizes selfless collective creation, encouraging people to forget mobile screens, and re-enact the idea of connectedness by activate bodily movements and collaboration. This situation fosters otherness, as the emerging community draws on originality, distinctness and diversity of the individuals comprising it. The resulting dance-and-musical event is prosocial and educational, while the technology it employs is utopian in character.
Temporary Nation is a platform for organizing group and individual performative sessions. The work draws on active participation of its audience who become its co-creators through the use of an app designed for the purposes of this performance. Once the app has been installed, particpants’ smartphones turn into light- and sound-emitting audiovisual gadgets that can be operated by their users through particular gestures or choreographies. A joint performance of un unpredictable symphony turns a group of strangers into a temporary community.
Temporary Nation aims to unite people as the performance takes shape through transforming their smartphones into multimedia network instruments. Physical activity and gestures of the participants activate music and images. Thus, a multimedia event is created in real-time. Its final shape, both in terms of choreography and the audiovisual composition, will depend on the number of participants, their dynamics, creativity and ability to work together.
The app used by Temporary Nation is universal in terms of its use – it can be launched outside the official event, also by individual users. However, optimal results that correspond with artistic goals are only achieved when the app is used by a group of users. Participants are not required to know each other in person. The performance can be organized locally, in a place shared by all participants, or globally, where participants can join each other online.
The work results from collaboration between media artist Piotr Wyrzykowski (b. 1968) and performer Echo Ho (b.1973) bringing together Wyrzykowski's experience in creating multimedia performance experiences that are politically as well as technologically cutting-edge with Echo Ho's equally provocative artistic vision in creating audio-video installations, sound art interventions, and intermedia performances that question the artifacts and materiality of global culture. Choreography of the performance was developed in collaboration with choreographer and director Michael Maurissens.
Project creators: Piotr Wyrzykowski, Echo Ho
Concept: Piotr Wyrzykowski
Music & sound design: Echo Ho
Producer, curator: Katarzyna Boratyn
Choreography: Michael Maurissens
Vocals: Lopsang Gelek, Bettina Wenzel, Patricia Kuellgis, Echo Ho
Recorded and mixed at KlangBureau.de by Joker Nies
Mastered by Marcus Zilz
Thanks: Natalia Cichowska (IAM) Aleksandra Księżopolska, Lilla Schally-Kacprzak, Mona Rena Górska (CCA Łaźnia)
Partners of the project:
Centrum Sztuki Współczesnej Łaźnia
ON - Neue Musik Köln, funded by the City of Cologne
Temporary Nation was produced in frame of +100 Three visions of emerging avant-garde as part of Polska 100 – a project of Adam Mickiewicz Institute which is responsible for international celebrations program of the Polish independence centenary. +100 has been conceived by Roderick Coover, and produced and co-curated by Katarzyna Boratyn under the institutional direction of Anna Szylar at the Adam Mickiewicz Institute.
The project is organized by the Adam Mickiewicz Institute as part of POLSKA 100, the international cultural programme accompanying the centenary of Poland regaining independence.
Financed by the Ministry of Culture and National Heritage of the Republic of Poland as part of the multi-annual programme NIEPODLEGŁA 2017–2021.