For one – for many – for all is a hybrid presentation incarnated both as a musical figure theatre performance and exhibition, dealing with our inherent need to attribute human characteristics to inanimate objects.
I feel they have intentions, but know they do not have it.
Choosing to see things as if they have self-determination, opens up for giving things respect otherwise lacking in an «enlightened» way of interpreting nature. In light of the impact we have on the environment in today’s society, and the devastation it brings to the planet and ourselves, this «strategic anthropomorphism» – as Jane Bennet names it – may seem like a golden opportunity precisely as our anthropomorphising tendency suggests.
For one – for many – for all consists of motorised, moving objects that together with human performers convey their own story. A collaboration between humans and machines in order to satisfy our anthropomorphic instincts.
For one – for many – for all is part of the finale of Thuestad’s PhD project at the University of Bergen, Faculty of Art, Design and Music; Emotional machines – Composing for unstable media. A co-production between the University of Bergen, BIT Teatergarasjen, M12 Kultur and Lydgalleriet.
The performance was presented by Bit Teatergarasjen at Cornerteateret 18 – 20.06.2021 and the exhibition was presented by Lydgalleriet 25.06 – 04.07.2021
For one – for many – for all
Performance presented by BIT Teatergarasjen at Cornerteateret 18 – 20.06.2021
Exhibition presented by Lydgalleriet 25.06 – 04.07.2021
Performers: 15 kinetic figures Alwynne Pritchard, Caroline Eckly, Jostein Gundersen
Musical and movement material performed by humans have been developed with and by the performers
Kinetic figures/composition/sound design/choreography/system development: Thorolf Thuestad
Lights: Silje Grimstad
Custumes: Maria Victoria Høvring Høeg
Producer: Aistė Žumbakytė
Construction assistance/talks: Roar Sletteland
Advisors: Trond Lossius and Juliana Hodkinson
Technical producer stage presentation: M12 Kultur
Co-producers: The University of Bergen, BIT Teatergarasjen, Lydgalleriet and M12 Kultur
Stage technicians: Snorre Rønning Mandal, Runar Gåserud
Supported by: The University of Bergen, The Norwegian Artistic Research Programme(NARP), Arts Council Norway, Bergen Kommune and The Norwegian Society of Composers.