Natural Mysteries

Muséum des Sciences naturelles / Museum voor Natuurwetenschappen

5, 6, 9, 10, 11, 12/05 – 19:00
EN (no translation)
±1h 30min (not seated)

New Forms of Life is a collective of young artists who create science-fiction performances and environments. Concerned with the production of alternative narratives, their approach aims to create new poetics of understanding in an excessively media-driven world where technocratic preoccupation subjugates imagination and well-being. For its new project, New Forms of Life is collaborating with the Royal Belgian Institute of Natural Sciences, exploring forms of ecology that address the relations between the environment, society and the human mind. In Natural Mysteries , the audience is invited to join a guided tour of the museum, exploring alternative cosmologies within the museum, a place where culture attempts to give meaning to nature. The museum exhibits inspire a narration that blends knowledge with dreams, travels through time and opens up a poetic breach, a space in which to think and live.

A performance by
Franziska Aigner, Billy Bultheel, Samuel Forsythe, Daniel Jenatsch, Enad Marouf, Tilman O'Donnell

Dramaturgy
Marcus Doverud

Production assistant
Elie Desmet

Presentation
Kunstenfestivaldesarts, Museum of Natural Sciences

Administration
Caravan Production (Brussels)

Co-production
Kunstenfestivaldesarts, Workspacebrussels, Mousonturm (Frankfurt)

Supported by
Vlaamse Gemeenschapscommissie, Crespo Foundation (Frankfurt)

This project has been assisted by
the Australian Government through the Australia Council, its art funding and advisory body

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New Forms of Life is a co-operative working on mapping and traversing the political, ethical and aesthetic landscapes of our present reality. We are intent on liberating ourselves from what we call paralysis, from imprisonment within capital’s rhythms. We are intent on liberating our time from neo-liberal immanence and reclaiming our lives as the site of our poetry and our politics.

Franziska Aigner was born on a stormy winter’s night in the Austrian countryside to Silvia and Christian, a fairly happy middle-class couple on the way to forming a temporary family. From early childhood, Franziska has been concerned with new forms of life. At the age of 19, she moved to Brussels to pursue her dance training at P.A.R.T.S. and arranged numerous performances with her colleagues from Busy Rocks. Franziska works with her friends Billy, Enad, Daniel and Samuel under the name New Forms of Life.

Billy Bultheel is a musician and performance artist based in Brussels and Frankfurt. After combining studies in medieval music with contemporary electronics at the Royal Conservatory of The Hague, he found his way to Frankfurt, Germany and into the world of performance and poetry. He is now part of a co-operative that conducts hazardous fieldwork into the unknown territory of mystery.

Samuel Forsythe was born in Frankfurt am Main in Germany. Growing up in Australia, he discovered his talents for lyric poetry, sabotage and communicating with animals. These skills were to serve him well later in life when, as a student at the HFBK Staedelschule in Frankfurt am Main, he began working part time for a private detective agency, investigating corporate crimes against humanity. Samuel is currently negotiating the labyrinth that is eurocapitalist society, attempting to live free in a world that is not. To this end, he has taken on the guise of various plants, animals, old and young human beings as well as various personas and professions. He is currently disguised as an artist working with the New Forms of Life collective which operates between Europe, Australia and the Middle East.

Daniel Jenatsch is the direct descendant of the political assassin and cultural chameleon Jörg von Jenatsch who, in 1639, was assassinated in Chur, Switzerland by an axe blow to the head delivered by the love of his life, Lucretia. She was dressed in a bear suit and wielded the same axe Jörg had used to kill her father in 1626. Jenatsch’s body was exhumed in 1959 with his skull split in two and remnants of his bloodied clothes hanging from his skeleton. 27 years later Daniel Jenatsch was born.

Enad Marouf is an artist from Syria who works towards ways of mapping possible worlds with audiences through poetry and imagination. Given the upheavals in his country and the financial crisis the world is currently experiencing, personal information about him cannot be disclosed for safety reasons.

Tilman O’Donnell was born in Cambridge, USA and received a classical dance education in Toronto, Canada, after which he moved to Europe and has been working his way across the continent ever since. He has created a number of choreographic works, as well as being a member of The Forsythe Company from 2007-2012.

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