- 11.10 > 17.10.2021
- 16.08 > 29.08.2021
- 15.02 > 21.02.2021
This research is hold by a collaboration in between Sophia Rodriguez, Julia Reist and Vincent Focquet.
While working on her solo work Ostentation (2018−2020), performer and choreographer Sophia Rodriguez developed a practice in which different bodies create friction. In a lot of ways, this practice was the opposite of the material of which Ostentation consisted. Where Ostentation grappled with isolation, objectivation and consumption, the practice of friction searched for closeness, community and non-consumption. Making Ostentation automatically generated the need to research and sustain its reversal, it could be seen as a necessary counterweight. This is an important reason why Sophia Rodriguez wants to keep developing the practice of friction as a group work.
Today we live through a moment of change, a change in nature a change in humanity and a change in the magnitudes of power and value. This change we (capitalistic society) provoked and pushed for through modernity and the idea of progress and result oriented growth. Today, where our movement, behaviour and interactions are more and more commodified by a western hegemony, a plutocratic driven value system and economical exchange — could it be possible to provoke a redistribution of power through the practice of friction? Putting forward the value within the collective action rather than in a gesture of (economical) exchange?
Within this project we would like to approach this question and explore deeply the notion of friction through two distinctive strands of research — a practical / physical one and a neorological/biological one.