Limit-Cruisers (#1 Sphere)
A performance for six participants. Three air-filled
spheres, lighting, wireless headphones, loudspeakers, and four synched soundtracks. Inter Arts Center, Malmö, 2012 and Weld,
Stockholm, Sweden, 2014. In cooperation with Teatr
Equipped with wireless headphones you are asked to climb into
a large, transparent sphere. A pleasant voice tells you to
relax and informs you that the oxygen will last ten minutes.
The light goes off; a countdown begins. You suddenly find
yourself in a situation where you are forced to exist in a
here and now that is running towards a definite end. Meanwhile,
three observers can follow the process from outside.
The listeners are guided through the performance by three
different, but synchronized soundtracks: ”The Heroes
of Absolute Zero”, ”New Individualism”,
and ”Decoy”. They all revolve around more or less
successful attempts to reach a zero point, a clearly distinguishable
border, or the strongly desired state of individual autonomy.
In the break, listeners and observers change positions and
the countdown begins again.
The countdown is both the form and the content in this fragmented
narrative, where different notions about what constitutes
an ”I” is revealed in relation to forces of internal
and external control.
The many voices present themselves as authorities, but it
remains unclear who are in control of the situation. Is this
a therapy session, a study, science fiction, or a self-management
exercise? Sometimes you as a listener are encouraged to sink
into a meditative flow, sometimes you feel completely battered
by the information overload. But regardless of the advices, instructions or orders
you are given, everything somehow seems to be up to you. And
time is running out.
In the work there is no privileged position or full view.
There is neither audience nor actors. There isn’t even
any artwork unless you activate it and set it in motion. As
a visitor, you are invited to explore the experience of being
situated and responsive. You don’t need to
perform, only engage.
"Limit-Cruisers" is the first of a series of artworks
that are included in Janna Holmstedt’s research project Are You Ready for a Wet Live-In? Explorations into Listening at Umeå
Academy of Fine Arts, Umeå University, and Malmö Faculty of Fine and Performing Arts, Lund University, Sweden. Different versions of Limit-Cruisers
have been performed at Inter
Arts Center in Malmö, and at Performance Studies
international Conference #19, Stanford University, California.
Concept and realization: Janna Holmstedt
Duration: 40-60 min
Voices: David Book, Nils Dernevik, Orenda
Fink, Janna Holmstedt
Muzak and ambience: Kent Olofsson
Light concept: Mira Svanberg
Programming and technical coordinator: Johan Nordström
Technician (IAC): Dana Lötberg
Host (IAC): Janna Holmstedt
Producer (IAC): Jörgen Dahlqvist
Technician (Weld): Ronald Hessman
Producer and host (Weld):
Performances: Feb 21-23, 2014, Weld,
Sep 18-20, 2012 and Mar 25-26, 2013 at Inter
Arts Center, Malmö, Sweden.
Realized with support from: Umeå
Academy of Fine Arts and in collaboration with Teatr
Articles by Clemens
Altgård and Malena