WORK

 

CURRENT PROJECT 

[COSMIC PARANOIA]
Entropy on Elysian Fields 


PREMIERE:

JUNE 17TH 2022
JOSEF ECKART THEATRE, SALZBURG, AUSTRIA

FURTHER DATES:

JULY 9TH 2022 

LUST AM RISIKO FESTIVAL, UNCANNY VALLEY

[COSMIC PARANOIA] Entropy on Elysian Fields 

A surreal cyber-topia beyond current states and its ephemeral mechanization. 

 

Welcome to an alternate reality, a modified world that is made of bits and bytes: A world in which human consciousness is transferred to digital memory and death gets abolished at the push of a button. While lives pass into the hands of computing systems, humanity attains a new form of existence in which advanced culture dies to enter eternity in virtual reality. With the new digital (I)deal familiar things seem alien, feelings seem false, and collective memory seems to have been undermined while an AI takes over cognitive action. 

 

With humor and imaginative power, the future of humankind and artificial intelligence is pondered, questioned, and speculated upon. The absurd dramedy leads to a single question: What's left of us after all? 

Artistic Concept by Birke van Maartens

Choreography in collaboration with the performers

Performers:  Elena Rebeccato, Jacob Börlin, Katarzyna Niznik, Mira Huszar, Nele Vonckx, Victor Bolzman and Birke van Maartens (A.R.A) 

Sound Design: Kenji Tanaka & Birke van Maartens [Akkordverdächtig]

Production Assistance: Erika Filia, Miriam Budzáková, Deborah Sanchez

Outside Eye: Erika Filia

Pictures by Clement Hamilton

Supported by: Stadt Salzburg, Land Salzburg, Bundesministerium für Kunst, Kultur, öffentlichen Dienst und Sport

 

RECENT WORK 

AI FOREST, 2021

SEP 8th - 12th 2021
ARS ELECTRONICA FESTIVAL 21, LINZ, AUSTRIA




 

Artist Residency at LIT Robopsychology Lab [Linz Institute of Technology] & Narrative Space at Ars Electronica Festival 2021, AT

'AI FOREST'

[Immersive art installation/ narrative space and research environment]

 

The artistic and innovative research environment – an 80sqm artificial indoor forest – was created to investigate questions about decision-making in teamwork with AI [Artificial Intelligence] and about explanatory strategies of machine learning systems. 'AI FOREST' was created in collaboration with the LIT Robopsychology Lab (Linz Institute of Technology) and showcased at the Ars Electronica Festival 2021 as part of the exhibition 'Demystify AI'.

Artistic Concept: Birke van Maartens 

Project Lead: Martina Mara, Nives Meloni 

Sound Design / Sound Installation: Kenji Tanaka 

Scenery Design: Birke van Maartens

Scenery Construction: Leonie Haasler, Gabriel Vitel 

App Development & Game Design: JKU Visual Data Science Lab 

[ Moritz Heckmann, Andreas Hinterreiter, Christina Humer, Marc Streit ]

Research Design: Benedikt Leichtmann

Special Thanks to: Mykologische Arbeitsgemeinschaft am Biologiezentrum Linz (Otto Stoik & Team)

AI Forest emerged from the research project HOXAI – Hands-on Explainable AI, in which the LIT

Robopsychology Lab and the Visual Data Science Lab at JKU Linz collaborate as project partners.

Funded by: The State of Upper Austria and the Austrian Federal Ministry of Education, Science and Research via the LIT – Linz Institute of Technology  

https://ars.electronica.art/newdigitaldeal/en/ai-forest/

AI FOREST APP

CHOREOGRAPHIC
WORKS

 

ILI.FAME, 2021

PREMIERE:
AUG  - 20th 2021
TANZRAUM WEDDING, BERLIN, GERMANY

ILI.FAME _ Motherless Child

Human development is a lifelong process. It is defined as the process of enlarging people's freedoms and opportunities and improving their well-being. Human development is about the real freedom ordinary people have to decide who to be, what to do, and how to live. Although there seems to be a distance between generations, regardless of individual external influences, the same patterns of behavior can be observed over many generations. 

The ability of an organism, determined by genes to develop certain characteristics may play a significant role in this process. ILI.FAME is a search for freedom and individuality in a world full of patterns and existing structures.

Choreography: Birke van Maartens

Performance: Erik Cataldo, Friederike Schulz, Maria Rossa, Nadine Marshi, Olivia Das, Patricia Patell, Sarah Al Faouri, Tony Schwadtke

Costume and Scenery / Light Design: Birke van Maartens

 
WHITE FLAG
[sorry not sorry],
2021


PREMIERE:
APR 4th 2021
BERLIN, GERMANY
Videopremiere

WHITE FLAG [sorry not sorry]

The choreographic work portrays the injustice toward freedom of love. Sorry, not sorry is a way of acknowledging that someone might not like whatever you're saying or doing, but going for it anyway. In conventional vexillology, a white flag is linked to surrender, a dogmatic reference to the Biblical description of non-violence and surrender to God's will. But what do freedom and non-violence vs. surrender mean, especially in societies that fear the concept of individuality? 

Choreography: Birke van Maartens and Sarah Al Faouri

Performance: Sarah Al Faouri & Birke van Maartens

Sound Production/ Songwriting: Gabriel Vitel

Videography: Jan Philip Roza

Light Design: Bewegtbild Ben

 

RAINY DAYS
The Obstacle Dissolved, 2020

PREMIERE:
AUG 17th 2020
Säälchen, Holzmarkt
Berlin, Germany
Videostream

RAINY DAYS

The Obstacle Dissolved

Each of us is confronted with the loss of a person in the course of our lives. In our current times, the topics of death and dying are omnipresent but almost never addressed. 

The choreographic work is a very personal active confrontation with death although it deals with the repression of grief and conscious mourning.

Choreography: Birke van Maartens

Performance: Paula Hennigsen & Birke van Maartens

Sound Design: Birke van Maartens

Light Design: Kenji Tanaka

Video: Units Digital Production

Directed by: Peter Schings

Videographer: Tobias König

Co-Produced by MEOW, Holzmarkt 25 Berlin