Performance Night #2: INJECT, Herman Kolgen / FACE VISUALIZER, Daito Manabe with Ei Wada

Performance Night #2: INJECT, Herman Kolgen / FACE VISUALIZER, Daito Manabe with Ei Wada

04.02.2011 21:00
Herman Kolgen_INJECT
Herman Kolgen_INJECT

This evening LIVE:RESPONSE, the transmediale.11 Performance programme, presents two extraordinary performances that both, in different ways, hack the normal state of the human body. For INJECT Herman Kolgen has exposed his body quite extremely to the impact of water and a lack of oxygen, while, with Face Visualizer: Instrument and Copy, Daito Manabe has created a ‘face instrument’ by applying small electroshocks to people’s faces making them move in synch with music.

Herman Kolgen (ca)
A human body is injected in a cistern. Over the course of 45 minutes, the pressure of the liquid exerts upon him multiple neurosensorial  transformations. From his epidermal fiber to his nervous system, he  reacts to influxes of viscosity in this liquid chamber. His cortex, lacking oxygen, gradually loses all notions of the real. Like a human guinea pig: a matter-body whose psychological states are the object of  kinetic tableaux, of singular temporal spaces. The genesis of the principal visual material for this project was a shoot, in an immense cistern filled with water, which lasted six consecutive days. The performer had to be immersed for over eight hours a day in the glass tank, oscillating between weightlessness and lack of oxygen. With the aid of various digital video recording and photographic systems Herman Kolgen assembled many series of temporal sequences, images that he then  assembled into a flexible and modular body. It’s a matter of a narrative  progression, in perpetual circles of influence and movement, where the  real is in dislocation. INJECT is a modular performance in Video HD format and multichannel audio.


Face Visualizer: Instrument and Copy
Daito Manabe (jp) with special guest Ei Wada!
We are able to call forth a fake smile on someone's face just by stimulating it with electronic computer signals. But nobody is able to  produce a genuine, real smile on a person's face unless there are  emotions involved. (Masaki Teruoka)

Having experimented for some time with stimulating muscles and moving whole body parts through electric stimulation, Daito Manabe was inspired to create Face Visualizer upon hearing above statement by his collaborator Masaki Teruoka. Other influences were the work of French researcher Guillaume-Benjamin-Amand Duchenne (1806 – 1875) and the performances of Australian artist Stelarc. The result is a kind of 'face instrument' in which people's faces are moved artificially in synch with music through electroshocks produced with the Max/MSP programming platform. These externally influenced expressions stand in contrast to real human expressions. 
Manabe uses the 'face instrument' as part of an exciting, comic live show which he has performed at several festivals and now brings to transmediale.11.


Presented in joint collaboration between transmediale and CTM.