THE MAPS OF THE BIENNIALS OF THE PUPPETRY ARTISTS INSTITUTION, exhibition opening and Horse Power, installation
The Maps of the Biennials of the Puppetry Artists Institution is an exhibition within the curatorial surveys of the Theatrical Documents 2016 and 2017. The surveys are carried out by Foundation Sonda and GT22. The exhibition is a documentary project set in exhibition space.
The exhibition will present all locations, hosts, participants, jury members, winners, and a part of the accompanying programme of all biennials so far. It is a documentary project, that will present information as visual images. It will confront us with facts, and it will give us food for thought about connecting, understanding and evaluating when different moments in time meet on the map of this moment. The exhibition display is an entrance to a new art space, which narrates unexpected and unknown stories of the festival.
Authors Zoran Srdić Janežič, Otto Urpelainen
Horse power: The Poetics of Movement is an intermedia situation established so that one can reflect on technological progress in the post-humanistic context.
The horse in the installation is a hybrid robot (hybrot) with perception and movement intelligence that is powered by a bioreactor. In opposition to cyborgs (organisms equipped with electronic extensions), the hybrot is an organism created from equal shares of electronic and biological elements. The hybrot is neither alive nor dead, it lies somewhere in between, somewhere where neither life nor death count, in a space governed by categories that are beyond human range. The term horse power is not applicable merely to the power of the internal combustion engines used in motor vehicles, for it is also linked to numerous other cultural meanings, as the horse has been, since the beginning of civilisation, either a symbol of military and patriarchal power (sculptures of horsemen) or a symbol of cultivated nature with the domestication of "wild animals" and control over natural forces (cave paintings). Both perspectives are based on strictly hierarchical and anthropocentric relations in which the horse is merely a subject of control.
The suspense created by the expectation of the (anti)potentiality as to whether the horse will move or not, also includes the poetics of uselessness. A horse that has served as a tool for moving mankind since the beginning of civilization, has now became an independent being that is useful only to itself.
GT22: from 13th to 16th September, between 10:00 and 18:00