The shape of the planet is a constant negotiation between earth processes, human culture and the technologies that they produce. In the tensions they create with one another, transformations abound, recombinant and irreversible. During Life Forms, choreographers Xavier Le Roy, Scarlet Yu, and a team of performers from their previous work Temporary Title, 2015 will transform the space of the event through shaping physical relations and collaborations between each other and their surroundings. This way, the work questions the dividing lines between human / inhuman, object / subject, transformation / transition / modification. While at first sight it can appear as something external to contemplate, its durational quality transforms it into a landscape in which the audience and participants find themselves, a situation to live, a space where our perception can be faster than the actions; a situation where maybe time can wait.
Within this landscape of constantly forming and deforming assemblies of speakers, performers and audience, a situation can be generated where oscillations between recognizable and unrecognizable forms frame research conversations on different approaches to the notion of “lifeforms”.
Concept: Xavier Le Roy Artistic Collaborator: Scarlet Yu
With Alexandre Achour, Jorge Alencar, Saša Asentić, Christian Bourigault, Sherwood Chen, Christine De Smedt, João Dos Santos Martins, Benjamain Evans, Zeina Hannah, Alice Heyward, Becky Hilton, Hélène Iratchet, Xavier Le Roy, Mário Machado Neto, Sabine Macher, Julia Rodriguez, Salka Ardal Rosengren, Scarlet Yu
Life takes many different forms depending on how it is understood. The constant recombination of the earth situates humans in a permanent negotiation of the many shapes and meanings of life. What qualities define it might seem obvious in one case, and become entirely elusive in another. Even the life sciences have seen paradigm after paradigm upended by new frameworks defining what life could or may be, all generated out of discoveries and missteps that have entirely reoriented how life is studied in the first place. The conversations with anthropologist Elizabeth A. Povinelli, literature scholar Melody Jue, philosopher Maria Chehonadskih, science historian Luis Campos, and writer Hu Fang, led by science historian Sophia Roosth, attest to this ongoing problematic by demonstrating how the approach one takes toward understanding life has enormous ramifications on what it could be and in what forms it can manifest.
Idealized Forms, In Formation, Landscape, Making
The four iterations of the conversation present different angles on or approaches to the Life Forms concept. They ask how Idealized Forms have come to shape our understanding of life and discuss the Formation life creates within each environment. They explore how modeled Landscape of conditions for life as well as practices of Making forms of life could situate our understanding of life.
With Sophia Roosth and Luis Campos, Maria Chehonadskih, Hu Fang, Melody Jue, Elizabeth A. Povinelli