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Originating in seventeenth century Europe, elegant dance cards dangled from a woman’s wrist at the formal dances of the upper classes. Men could sign up for the pleasure of dancing with them. One would have to act fast before the most popular girls’ cards were full. At some point, professions were added and income became more important than your ability to waltz. Status upon status. Strict rules of etiquette and decorum.

Now it’s 2017 and we are out to change the rules. What once divided people according to status, we are using to connect people across the board. Have you  ever wanted to dance with an actor, a lawyer, a singer, a dancer, an artist? They will be waiting for you to sign their cards.
TANZKARTE is an interactive collaboration
 maeshelle west-davies (US/UK/DE)
egid minad (CZ/AU)

 

calligraphic landscapes from anita kontrec and maeshelle west-davies

Calligraphic Landscapes

Croatian born artist Anita Kontrec created the installation Calligraphic Landscapes in response to the 11th century diary of the lady in waiting, Sei Shonagon, “Pillow Book of Sei Shonagon”. This book is considered to be one of world literature’s great masterpieces. The site-specific installation consisted of 10 -20 pieces of opaque fabric (10x 1.5 meter) which were hung from the ceiling to form a dream-like landscape that the dancers walked through and experienced. The applied acrylic paint patterns on the fabric evoke calligraphic tradition and integrate many poetic fragments from the book in English as well as in Croatian. While documenting the installation it was clear that to truly portray the dream-like world Anita wanted to create, we needed movement. We installed Emilie and Vanessa and let them explore the out-of-body nature of the hangings. The film became my interpretation of that experience.

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