Stephanie Pan

Modern Body Festival 2016: I/WE/THEY

What exactly is the ‘modern body’? We are inclined to think of our bodies as limited to what is contained within our own skin, but technology, philosophy, spirituality, religion, and science all challenge this idea. Modern Body Festival, an initiative organized in The Hague by artists / makers / performers Stephanie Pan and Stelios Manousakis, strives to examine the nature of our current existence, as it were, through the perspective of the ‘modern body’.

For our second biennial edition, we develop the theme I/WE/THEY to reach beyond the physical body to the social body, to explore how we exist and belong in today’s networked world, and what the cultural borders of a globalized society are. We are particularly interested in the effects of technology, digital communication and architecture as they are fundamentally transforming the way we exist as a society, culture, species. We focus on identity and community: how we interface with I/WE/THEY. Where do the limits of the self extend and where do the social bodies of group and community begin? How do we understand and position ourselves as individuals, while still feeling a sense of belonging and connection to an expanding global community? How do we exist, identify, and interact? Furthermore, how does architecture and technology influence our interactions with each other, and how can we in turn, influence architecture and technology?

For this edition, we collaborated with cutting-edge Taiwanese architecture platform Dezact, to create a double festival with a reciprocal format under the them I/WE/THEY:
• Space Media Festival 2016: a DEZACT-led, MBF-infected, 11-day workshop-driven festival in Taipei with a final showcase on the last day (18-28 Aug. 2016), and an extended exhibition (28 Aug – Sept 11) at Toad Hill Taipei.
• Modern Body Festival 2016: an MBF-led, DEZACT-infected, 5-day showcase-driven festival in The Hague, with accompanying workshops (3 days of thematic 1-day workshops and symposia, 2 days of performances and 11 days of exhibition taking place in 29 Nov. – 11 Dec. 2016).
Featured artists:
A.lter S.essio (FR/JP); Atau Tanaka (UK/US); Kasper Toeplitz (FR/PL); Myriam Gourfink (FR); Utopian Body (CH/IT); Mo H Zareei (NZ/IR); Shih Wei Chieh (TW); Manuel Jimenez Garcia (UK/ES); Christina Dahdaleh (UK/JO); Jeroen van Ameijde (NL); Luis Rodil Fernandez (NL/ES); Tivon Rice (US); Weihaw Wang (JP/TW/UK); Satoru Sugihara (US/JP); Ludmila Rodrigues (NL/BR); Stelios Manousakis (NL/GR); Ping-Hsiang Chen (UK/TW); Stephanie Pan (NL/US); Thanos Polymeneas-Liontiris (UK/GR); Karel van Laere (NL); Mischa Daams (NL); Yolanda Uriz Elizalde (ES/NL); Cocky Eek (NL); Raviv Ganchrow (NL/US)l Ivan Henriques (NL/BR); Nimish Biloria (NL/IN); Julien Thomas (CA); Doreen Bernath (UK)

For more information visit Modern Body Festival 2016

Modern Body Festival 2016: I/WE/THEY – Performances
Modern Body Festival 2016: I/WE/THEY – Exhibition

 Photos by Erin McKinney and Pieter Kers:

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