Research laboratory for the archeology of choreography and dance of protests is an interactive art project. As its title suggests the installation represents the idea of a joint space in which a process of research, discovery and work are taking place in form of a collective and shared working experience. Its interactive element reflects the aspect of public demonstrations - 'take things in your hands' - from which the artwork originates.
Research laboratory for the archeology of choreography and dance of protests, was originally created for the durational event "Back to the Beautiful" (Salzburg, 2018). The original work has been created in reflection on diverse public movements of civil empowerment to protest against oppression of freedom and expression, from public demonstrations, rave culture and dancing plague. In this sense it reflects the idea of public gathering and public action for a common and unified purpose. In this context Tomaz Simatovic presented "Research laboratory for the archeology of choreography and dance of protests" and the acoustic installation "tanz", both created in collaboration with Tomaz Tomljanovic a.k.a Dualik.
"Back to the Beautiful" was dealing with the question of "can we empower anything with anything?". In this context the work around the installation RL4ACDP was exploring the notion of collective empowerment, in the sense of we-agency, and its connection to beauty. Can human collaboration for a common purpose be a form of beauty? What is the aesthetic value of human work?
With this work I wanted to propose a way of art making that is a result of participation, which gains momentum by capturing imagination of a place, as fictive as it might look like at first glance, such as the inscription Research laboratory for the archeology of choreography and dance of protests on the entrance to the room in which the RL4ACDP is exhibited, which on one hand gives a sense of direction and purpose yet the work the participant gets to experience in the room is symbolic, and absurd, yet it sprouts curiosity and a sense of realness.
The space of the artwork is created in the image of a laboratory made performative. At the center is a movement notation in morse code written on a gallery wall. The text has multiple meanings: a poem about movement, a song about reiteration and variation, a codified choreographic notation of dances of protest. The participants are free to move in the room and interact by choice. They can choose any tool of interaction they like, with the possibility to exchange anytime, continue interacting or simply decide to watch the developing happening and uncovered artwork.
Research laboratory for the archeology of choreography and dance of protests has been exhibited at:
Salzburg, 2018, SZENE Salzburg, in the context of durational event "Back to the Beautiful"
Maribor, 2019, Narodni dom, in the frame of the international theater and performance abonnament MAMO, in the context of durational event "Back to the Beautiful"