trailer of the installation
Pipo Tafel in collaboration with Daniel Berwanger
watch also the installation in the Neues Museum of Weimar:
Discovered in childhood, our shadow fascinates us in our early years
and goes with us invariably, and most of the times secretly, throughout
the rest of our lives: everyday spectrum, doppelganger, trace of our
living soul; neat but fragile, mysterious human negative on the verge
'SHADOWING' uses technology as a means to give back its visitors
the opportunity to live again and dive into one of the most intense and
purest moments of our childhood: the first encounter with our shadow.
Carlos Fernández López, London, june 2011
The shadow as visual interface
"When I enter the space I perceive my own shadow. It is visible in front
of me as if there was a strong direct light source behind me. I walk some
steps further in to see if the shadow follows my movements
which it really does. I step on the platform and my shadow suddenly
separates from me."
The play with the own shadow correlates to Rudolf von Laban's credo
that „everybody carries a dancer in himself". The projection
mirrors an immaterial body and an augmented self-perception
to the dancer's insight. Without knowing and without being educated,
the visitor - through playing with his interactive shadow - experiences,
feels and choreographs movement. Playfulness and curiosity lies
in all of us, everybody is a dancer.
The architecture of movement, shadow and sound as choreography:
The shadow interface - movement intensity, acceleration, size, position,
and time of stillness - it generates sound and shapes the acoustic sphere.
Seeing it in space you experience your movement. You move into the
installation space and the shadow is moving the acoustic space around you.
Where to go, what to do, how to behave - your movement ideas trigger
the shadow - the shadow creates sound - the sound creates scenography -
the scenography moves around you - you move in the scenography.
Exterior sound is hearable, reverberation appears, your steps create a
stroking, after you've stopped moving, breathing is left in the speakers.
We create a room and objects within them. Feelings emerge from
this materiality. By moving ourselves we immerse in another world.
It is not a simulation of feelings we are proposing for the visitor,
it is the architecture for his feelings, which he creates.
This project has been supported through the fine arts funding of Kunststiftung NRW /
Arts Foundation of North Rhine-Westphalia, INTERREG IV residence programme
in interdisciplinary projects of Charleroi Danses Centre chorégraphique de la
Communauté française de Belgique and tanzhaus NRW Düsseldorf Temps d'Images
thank you to Taro Gragnato for the essential contribution and support and to
Carlos Fernández López for the valuable contribution of his text.
Camera / Editing: Oscar Loeser
If you are interested in showing this work or having further infromations please
CONTACT Pipo Tafel: pipposch(at)web(dot)de.
Pipo Tafel, 2011