A Stage for a Tree Audience: An Artistic Research on Tree Acoustics, Performance Art and Scenography.
Artist talk by Lucie StreckerA Stage for a Tree Audience is an artistic research that aims to develop an experimental setting, in which trees acoustic emissions inform the shape and gestalt of a performance and its scenography. In this talk Lucie Strecker will present an operating process of how spaces of perception could be created, that stimulate speculation on possible communication between trees and between trees and humans: How could artistic methods in conjunction with digital media and acoustic technology contribute to encountering modes of communication that lie outside of normal human perception? How do such modes of operation sensitize our understanding of the changing relationship between technology, humans and nature? The presented research questions aim to meet the concern that performance research and performance practice need to face new aspects of their entanglements with ecology. Hence cultural approaches towards trees, such as myths, indigenous narratives and rituals and literary and theoretical texts about the metaphor of forests and trees are linked with technologies of acoustic emission testing of plants. The representation of ecophysical data will be used to support new utopian, fictional and actual relationships between plants and plants and between humans and plants. The research project is invited by the Goethe Institute of New Zealand to be conducted in forestry reserves in early 2016. A Work in Progress will be shown at the Wharepuke Sculpture Trail in 2016/2017. Lucie Strecker is a performance artist and researcher. She has a diploma in fine arts from the University of Fine Arts, Berlin and graduated in stage directing at the Max Reinhardt Seminar, University of Music and Performing Arts Vienna. Since 2010 she has been developing performances and installations together with Klaus Spiess, which have been shown inter alia at the House of World Cultures, Berlin, at Performing Science, Gießen, the Museum of Natural Science/Biofiction, Vienna, Tanzquartier Vienna and the 21er Haus, Vienna and have been honoured with the Performing Science Award in 2011 and with the Prix Ars Electronica Honorary Mention in 2015. Since 2012 she has been a Fellow of the Berlin University of the Arts and has had lectureships at the Berlin Inter-University of Dance and the Berlin University of the Arts, College for Performing Arts, giving seminars on experimental settings in the arts and sciences. Additionally Lucie Strecker and Klaus Spiess have been publishing texts in Performance Research, Diaphanes Berlin, and The Lancet Psychiatry.