Symbiotic Encounters is a 2-day performative art festival consisting of 8 performances conceived by Treehouse’s international artists-in-residence specially for the event, as well as an exhibition and an evening of live music.
The Treehouse community can be seen as a microcosmos composed of creatives from many different disciplines. Treehouse’s aim is to provide the best possible conditions for fruitful artistic cooperation to occur, inviting its creatives to step out of their individual practices to reflect on collective efforts. Can we put aside the excessive emphasis on competition we inherited from Darwinism and focus instead on interdependence to imagine different futures? What new ideas and approaches can originate from these interactions and exchanges?
The visitors will choose between 2 journeys, each of them including 4 multi-disciplinary performances. Before or after the journey, the audience is invited to visit the exhibition The Power of Collaboration, which includes 9 pieces from local artists.
I collaborated with Elte Rauch from HetMoet publishing. She was the voice and I the sculptor: We based the gathering around a book by Sinead o'Gleeson: Constellations. Audience could walk - sit lie or touch the soft installation: seemingly bodyparts, organs, the mother of all creatures: the womb. They were encouraged to use their senses whilst listening to the essays and poems and they were given blindfolds.
PROGRAMME OF THE WHOLE FESTIVAL:
1st journey on 15th October at 15h (SOLD OUT) and on 16th October at 18h*
The connection by Rika Maja Duevel, Elizaveta Agrafenina & Ischico Velzel: an exploration of the interconnectedness and translations between music and painting.
The Electro Genocide Revolution, a theatrical audio play by Visionair Ordinair. Imagine all electronic music has disappeared from the face of the earth.
Codo a codo by Rose Wildsmith & Kris Gonzalez: intuitive painting techniques, the power of gravity and music work together as an attempt to explore and materialise a synergetic process.
Unleashing Your Demons: An exorcism guided by Hessel Du Mark: if you have an excess collection of demons in your heart that you want to unleash, Hessel Du Mark will be your spiritual guide in this beautiful hip-hop ritual.
2nd journey on 15th of October at 18h and on 16th October at 15h*
Earthitude: a rite of remembrance by Yuk Lin and Philip Ling & Daria Fedorchenko: an immersive installation in the form of a ceremony, a reminder that we are a non-detachable part of our planet.
Constellations by Elte Rauch & Lies Aris: based on Sinéad Gleeson's book by the same name, the artists reflect on life, the (female) body, pain and perfection.
Lullaby for a Slow Apocalypse by Show Pony (Laura Nygren, Tatiana Rosa, Simon van Steenis & Alisson Wright): what if the end of the world is not the singular dramatic event we imagine but rather a glacial-paced transformation? It can still be scary but we can be comforted on the journey.
Visible Sounds - Where metal meets light. by Deniz Kavafoglu, Joris Cohen & Carolina Dorel: Electric light dance show with vibrant and meditative music