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DANIEL ASCHWANDEN & BARBARA EICHHORN
A strong interest in the respective practice led to a collaboration between the drawer Barbara Eichhorn and the choreographer and performer Daniel Aschwanden in 2014. They placed the medial translation between drawing and performance and dance related approaches at the centre of their attention.
The constant transformations in the processes of this translation facilitate a sensitation for the language of the drawn gesture, as well as for that of the movement and are made conscious and get refined. Between these approaches they have switched to the state of blindness as a method, which produces both a special perception of the body as well as perception of space.
Aschwanden / Eichhorn invite the participants to an initially "guided", then independently created, improvisational process. Thus, the choreographic angle is drawn, danced with the experience of drawing, whereby the dance inspires the drawing, just as the sketch is spontaneously interpreted as a notation and a score for movement. The surface of the drawing is the physical opposite of the unbound dance: in space, on the wall, on the floor.
The perception of self and body as well as the opening of "new spaces" lead to sensuous forms of knowledge, which explore and reflect upon own agency, raise awareness and thus, deeper understanding of what can be a danced and drawn space. In this performative translation and surveying work, choreographic/movement-oriented as well as physical-drawing approaches and resulting interstices are created, investigated and applied experimentally.
What happens to my body when – in the drawing, as well as in the movement – I create fine, small lines or make a great gesture? Where is the connection between pencil tip, elbow and knee? What material does scribbling and scuttling provide us with, and where does it end in which space?
ARTISTBIO: Daniel Aschwanden
Where art meets the social: performative interventions in urban contexts, hybrid formats of interventions in public spaces in Europe, Asia, Africa, stressing the angle of cultural exchange and communication using a variety of art practices articulating themselves in a wide range of formats reaching from public spaces to installations and performances in black boxes and white cubes, relating social to art agendas.
Daniel Aschwanden developed several hybrid formats of interventions in public spaces in Europe and China together with Peter Stamer stressing the angle of cultural interchange and communication using a variety of art practices.
Aschwanden founded and directed "Tanzsprache", the first fringe festival of performance and dance in the late 80ies in Vienna.
In the 90ies he founded and directed "bilderwerfer" working at the boarder of art and the social together with a mixed cast of abled and disabled performers. In 2002 he co-founded the city lab Kabelwerk in Vienna. 2006 artist-in-residence at Vienna's Tanzquartier. In 2007 he initiated the label "Pathosbüro" together with philosopher and performer Katherina Zakravsky. They created lectures, urban interventions, as well as science-fiction-videos and performances.
In 2005 he initiated the European media lab "ABSENT INTERFACES" together with Scott Delahunta. He was the co-founder of "SCREEN.tv" (2008) an independent internet-TV-platform.
Between 2009 and 2015 he worked as guest/lecturer at the university of applied arts Vienna, department Social Design, and is presently a guest professor at the department of arts and communication.
In addition he is the co-founder of content.associates.
ARTISTBIO: Barbara Eichhorn
Barbara Eichhorn taught between 2013 and 2015 at the Zeppelin University of Friedrichshafen (DE) at the LIKWI (laboratory for implicit and artistic knowledge), and at the New Design University St. Pölten since 2012.
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