With pretty much entire planet locked down, human interaction, socialising and energy transfer between each other does not work the way we know it. With performing arts venues and theaters shut down the audiences and performers found themselves from a situation they’ve never encountered before. All of a sudden only option (and is it really?) was Facebook live where performers are performing to the void and the audiences became lonelier than ever before. The basic properties which enabled the performance to happen were taken away and the energy exchange between the performers and audience was set to zero. That loss is why elektron.live was born. After two intense weeks we were able to create an online environment where people could enter the virtual venue, leaving their webcams on and be visible for both the performers and other viewers. Inventing and building elektron.live saved us from cancelling our first Festival Of Spooky Action At A Distance. Unlike other performing arts venues and festivals we were able to keep our promises to our audience and the performers. The event was a success with more than 3000 visitors and hundreds of people leaving their webcams active creating one virtual collective.
It was after the Festival Of Spooky Action At A Distance that we realized, that the platform could be something more than only a way of demonstrating performers and audience to each-other. We have never had a medium before where there is an live interaction on both sides of the screen simultaneously! Besides managing to hold the festival we also learned that performing arts online could never be the same as we know it from real encounters. Its not theater and its not TV nor its a vlog. With the invention of a new virtual space we also have to invent a new kind of performing arts. And that is something that really boosts our curiosity in what to look for in the future. A whole new world in arts!
Much like the first movies at the turn of 20'th century were just recordings of the theatre performances, until now the online shows in internet are copies of the shows made in real life. Despite having internet for many decades, we are still inventing this medium for performing arts. It took Dziga Vertov and his "Man with the movie camera" to make movies look like movies. We are now creating a tool for artists to do the same for the online performances.
elektron.live is created by e⁻lektron team together with Stepan Bolotnikov and Babahh Media.
Romeo & Julia #5
Most of the information we experience is saved into the sensory memory without us becoming aware of it. The eye is a powerful sensor – the brain receives so much visual information at a such a high speed that we remain, at first, unaware of most of the processing going on in the visual cortex – the association cortex starts the interpretation process with a slight delay.
It is possible, by presenting the visual information at a very fast rate, to stimulate the imagination of a person and to store subliminal information in them. Then, it is possible later, by stimulating this unconsciously stored information, to provoke emotional reactions in them.
But how is the knowledge about the neurological specificities in humans and about the filter of conscious and unconscious related to Romeo and Juliet? The story of Romeo and Juliet is an excellent material for experimenting with these processes. The same way that the fate of Romeo and Juliet was influenced by the processes beyond their control, we are influenced by the invisible processes hidden in the shadow inside ourselves. We know what happened in the 5th act of the famous play by Shakespeare (and if not, it is possible to look it up). But what are the cognitive processes this story will activate? That we don't yet know.
It is possible that this subliminal experience will become a recognisable narrative. But it is also possible that something else will happen, something unexpected. This defines the interest in experimenting with subliminal experiencing. We are not standing on a solid ground, neither will the spectator. We are all chasing after the will-o'-the-wisp and no one knows before the performance whether it'll be there this time or not. What was it, there on the edge of the peripheral vision? Don't know, might be the heart beating too hard…
“Romeo & Julia #5” toovad lavale Taavet Jansen, Andres Tenusaar, Hendrik Kaljujärv, Henri Hütt, Mailiis Laur, Rommi Ruttas, Aleksander Väljamäe, Maike Lond ja Kaie Olmre
Co-production: eˉlektron, Kanuti Gildi SAAL
Supported by Estonian Ministry of Culture
Premiere: Baltoscandal festival July 1st
land[e]scapes 4 - redistribution of wealth by nature
The series investigates the performativity of environments while aiming to create the circumstances for a poetic experience inspired by nature.land[e]scapes stand in the tradition of landscape-art, showing natural environments disconnected from their context. Aiming to preserve existing natural phenomena for future generations. Imagining future nature for a contemporary audience to reflect on the impact they have on their surrounding. land[e]scapes stand in the tradition of electronic arts, exploring electronic environments that are now common but used to be called future when we were young. land[e]scapes aims to preserve the wild of nature because we will not fight to save what we don’t love. land[e]scpapes 4 - redistribution of wealth by nature [working title] is a researches in the treatment of wealth within nature and society.
The rainbow, one expression of natures riches, functions here as a departing point. The research focuses on the state of society within a system that nurtures and urges for consummation and multiplication of possessions. Where one wants, desires and expects. All the while time is flying by.Through the use of saturation in colour and sensorial stimulation, the work aims to create spaces wherein thought can flow freely, unhindered by conventions and habit. Spaces that challenge ones perception of reality and dream alike.
Concept: jan fedinger
Muusikaline kompositsioon: invader_rui
Dramaturg: christina flick
Sound dramaturgy: david kiers
Assistence: Grischa Runge
Production: Standplaats Utrecht
Stamsund internasjonaler teater festival
Thanks to: BUDA Kortrijk, CCNCN, Caen
Premiere: 21 may 2020 - SPRING Utrecht festival
22 may 2020 – SPRING Utrecht, NL
29 may 2020 – Stamsund internasjonale teater festival, No
19 – 22 oct 2020 – e‾lektron Tallinn, EE
AIBO: An Emotionally Intelligent Artificial Intelligence Brainwave Opera
You Will Be a Dancer!
Taavet Jansen, Liis Vares and Aleksander Väljamäe
Experiments of neurochoreography