Fia Backström will re-stage FLUID SITES_HAUNTED DEBRIS: VIRTUAL, POSSIBLE, VISCIRREAL with Mariana Valencia (originally performed at Callicoon Fine Arts) at the Centre Pompidou, Paris, October 4, 7pm
This performance begins with Harry Martinson's space epic , Aniara, A Vaudeville on Mankind in Time and Space (1956). Aniara is a spaceship carrying refugees from a destroyed Earth to Mars. After a meteorite collision, the shuttle begins to drift aimlessly into the dark space. Fragmented images of the Earth are transmitted by Mima, a proto-artificial intelligence, to comfort the passengers. Finally, she can not stand suffering and self-destruction, and she self-destructs.
In 1959, the epic is transformed into an opera choreographed by Birgit Åkesson. In the 1970s, Åkesson traveled to East and West Africa to attend local dances, which are then reported in his book, Mask of the Spring Water (1983). These traditions - such as rites of passage; markers of conflict, death and birth; and ceremonies that reverence nature as a creative force and guide - have been increasingly erased from cultural memory because of socio-political conditions, conflicts of natural resources and the devastation caused by the HIV epidemic. Backström and Valencia will interpret the rituals developed on Aniara following the self-destruction of Mima.
With the support of IASPIS and the Swedish Institute in Paris
Fia Backströmwas born in 1970 in Sweden. She lives and works in New York. His work has been shown at MoMA PS1, the Whitney Museum of American Art, and the Venice Biennale. She is the winner of the 2018 Bernard Heidsieck Prize.
Mariana Valencia was born in 1984 in Chicago. She lives in Brooklyn. His work has been shown at Danspace Project or at the Hirshhorn Museum, Washington. It is currently presented in the Whitney Biennale until October 27th.