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We created these photographs in honor to the luminous Nikola Tesla, a prophet of all ages. Inspired by Tesla’s quotations about his work, ideals and spirit, we constructed series of photographs using mixed medias and different techniques in order to explore the creative possibilities for this visual expression. Projecting water, sand and found Earth materials using the overhead projector and selected pictures using the digital projector combined with shadow and body forms—appear in the interaction of body and space, creating a shimmering world into a fulminant image.
“I do not think there is any thrill that can go through the human heart like that felt by the inventor as he sees some creation of the brain unfolding to success… Such emotions make a man forget food, sleep, friends, love, everything.”
—Nikola Tesla,Quoted by Cleveland Moffitt, ‘A Talk With Tesla’, Atlanta Constitution, 1896
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“The introduction of Western civilization within Japan’s modernization created various imprints in the life of performing arts. The breath of westernization brought variety of movements and forms rooted in western traditional and modern dance. As for butoh, it stands in exact the opposite direction. It has it’s own style which rises above the social values formed through the modernization and above all the established ideas as well.” –Natsuko Kono
Images, figures and features of people, which were fallen behind the times awake within butoh. Along the world of imagination we track back to the history of nature and folklore, the worship of nature, a wondering mentality, an ancient sleep in the land of dreams deep in ourselves over the years. Opposing to the modern criteria of beauty we reveal through our bodies something hidden in the dark, in the depth of our consciousness. It’s alive in us as human memories, like personal prehistory.
Creating “an enigma, an ever-evolving mystery”. Intimate. Sometimes peaceful & slow, but in the same time assaulting the senses being violent & manic, butoh seems to fly away from itself, without an established style and resisting to any definition or explanation. The spirit of it can differ depending on the sensibility of the artist. A certain state of mind in a transition from vision to feeling.
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For us, for every one of us who has ever felt helpless against an enemy a thousand times larger than ourselves.
This november we joined the 12.000 years old beautiful Hambach Forest located in the west Germany near Cologne. The forest named after the town of Hambach was originally 5,500 hectares large, but most of it has already been completely destroyed because of the largest opencast mine in Europe, and they are not planning to stop. The responsible owner of this mine and many others in the area is the leading power company, the notorious RWE. So far we know, this whole area is the climate killer number one in Europe.
Civilization has been erecting energy industries for ages–irreversibly running through the natural existence. Unreflected. Unquestioned. People keep living beyond their needs, beyond what the land can offer and what they can offer the land. And it will never be enough, they need to expand into new areas and wipe them clean. Choosing this path on the Earth with finite resources will be followed by a global collapse—without mercy.
Will we let this planet and every life on it be destroyed through greed for money and power?
The forest introduced us to a collective of very brave activists who showed sharp awareness for this matter and the true face of resistance. The ‘habitants who resist’ are involved in land & forest occupation and direct actions against the coal industry. With our hearts fully involved, we practiced different forms of fertile resistance. By having hands on real things, we became their partners in „crime“. The whole atmosphere got some more colors with our own creations and initiatives. Dånijel exhibited his photo reportage “Eyes on Killing The Climate” which shows very specific activist perspective of direct actions against RWE. During the weeks in the forest, Ågi wrote series of poems inspired by the spirit of community life and the ongoing struggles.
We challenged & will keep challenging the very existence of the cages.
Stay strong our dear friends!
Poems & photographs by Györe Ágnes:
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