Presentation of the instrument called BackNobber II, an instrument developed in collaboration with Gonçalo Sena.
Triggered by the gap in-between the literal and figurative meaning of a a Portuguese saying: “a trazer uma espinha atravessada na garganta”*, BackNobber II is a conceptual antonym to 3D glasses, anti-emersive instrument which is intended to challenge the position of disengaged audience.
This instrument is intended to be a learning instrument and most importantly is anti-improvisational instrument, which challenges it’s carrier to perform multiple actions at the same time. One wearing BackNobber II is constantly reminded on the finitude of one’s body. What a body is and what a body can do, of biomechanical laws, of limits of expression, of forces gravity. As a consequence, it is impossible for the one carrying it to simply “let go”.
Therefore BackNobber II is targeted for the context of symposiums, lectures, think-tanks and theatres, in order to disable the consuming and disengaged attitude of the audience.
* lit. to have a fishbone stuck in a throat;
fig. to have a problem in speaking out; swallowing a situation; to have difficulties in expressing yourself; being in agony
An evening with 6 artistic contributions on the subject:
Posthuman or human nature as work-in-progress
curated by Lucy Milanova
solo performance, 15min
Martinetz Gallery Cologne