Odisha Charcoal and Projections workshop

Inspired by the performance “Seek and hide” on the 25th December at Odisha Biennale at  The Kala Bhoomi, Kan Collective  led a workshop  at the Mudra Foundation on the 26 December as part of the Biennale

During the day participants animated charcoal drawing exploring sign language and projected the animation to created short performances. The final piece was performed at Mudra Foundation on the same day. Thanks to everyone that attended & created fantastic animation and performances

The workshop was led by Kim Noce, Nica Harrison and  Anna Spink

Seek and Hide is a continuously evolving multimedia installation performance combining animation, contemporary dance and music exploring the theme of illusion, empathy through the use of improvisation and premiered its second version at Odisha Biennale

In the modern world, the topics of high technology and future communication between people is being eagerly discussed. Constant technological progress is pushing civilisation forward, but at the same time it can be removing elements of authentic human interaction, unbiased communication and meaningful exchanges in the real world. During the performance, the audience have an exclusive view of two separate worlds: the physical and the illusory, existing at the same moment in time. Both the dancers and animated characters use the space we build (windows, doors and fabric) to connect the two worlds together. The windows create opportunities for the physical and digital characters to peek through, to flirt with each other, to play and to communicate through sign and body language.

Through the use of projectors and layered transparent fabric, the animation is duplicated in different sizes and locations; taking the film out of its’ flat screen mode and beginning to exist in physical space. The dancers interacting with the digital characters break the rational barrier between illusory and physical, portraying a multiverse of simultaneous happenings and interactions. The dancers attempt to reach the digital characters by removing the fabrics one by one, reducing the layers of projection until the illusory worlds are united on a singular projection and the dancers leave the space. The dancers cannot physically reach the digital characters’ dimension, however subtly highlights the question of a future possibility: will people cease to exist and the artificial live on?

About Kim Noce