2021 Reminiscense of Humans in Motion
Length: 7.25 min
PASS (BE), 08–10.2021
Juggle Struggle, Ontsteking Gent (BE), 2.12 – 18.12.22
Reminiscense of Humans in Motion is an evocation of a dance party at a time when such gatherings were banned and took place behind closed doors during covid. The life-size projection of bodies in motion is reminiscent of a danse macabre.
The title of the video installation refers to the famous photo series Humans in Motion (1884–87) in which Eadweard Muybridge captures the movements of the human body at a speed of 1/6000th of a second. The video consists of 10 000 still images and is made up entirely of a burst of shots that freeze time, space and motion while suggesting movement through the flashing succession of images.
I took partial inspiration for this work from the Dancing Plague of 1518. In summer of that year, a group of Strasbourg residents were beset by choreomania, a pathological urge to dance for days on end, resulting in total physical exhaustion and even death. 500 years later another virus made dancing impossible.