MYSTIC-INFORMATIC

Collective creation initiated by Audrée Juteau, in collaboration with Natalie-Zoey Gauld, Catherine Lavoie-Marcus, Ellen Furey, Eroca Nicols

Visuel artist : Martin Beauregard

Creation residencies:

L'Annexe-A

L'Agora des Arts

Centre d'Art Diane-Dufresne offerte par le théâtre Hector-Charland

Centre de création O vertigo

Short performance: Cabaret Tollé, Studio 303, december 8, 2018, Natalie Zoey Gauld and Audrée Juteau

Critically and playfully participating in the world of digital media and technology, Mystic-informatic is born from our questioning the meaning of dance in the current digital context and in our endless fascination for the mushroom.  

 

In her book, The Mushroom at the End of the World, anthropologist Anna Lowerhaupt Tsing writes of the matsusake mushroom which grows in the ruins of capitalism, (landscapes devastated by exploitation), offering a glimmer of hope for the future of life on earth.   

 

Mystic-informatic uses this mushroom metaphorically to propose Dance as a resilient force capable of breathing new life into technological waste: slightly outdated technologies (computers, screens, cables, etc...) as well as new forms of interactive technologies generated by 3D printers (new waste) conceptualized by visual and digital artist Martin Beauregard.  Through dance, technological materials are diverted from their primary functions to connect with the sensory and imaginative bodies.

 

Mystic-informatic questions the place of dance and the living body in artistic practice today, and more broadly, our relationship to materiality in the digital age.   

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