Hibernating Further

2019-2018 | performance-maker, performer, director






Photo Credit: B. Ajay Sharma



Interdisciplinary performance(s) with sound-video installation, dance, interactivity, sound-interfaces, live-broadcast on spreading awareness towards the theme of plastic in our daily life.



Duration: 45 minutes



Keywords: Plasticity, plastic, media, technology, psychology, interactivity, mind.


The project aims to throw light upon the psychological behaviour of the human mind relating it with the ongoing ecological problems in the society.
The project “Hibernating Further” has two interdisciplinary performances: 12-15 minutes, titled “Hibernating” & 45 minutes “Hibernating Further” ; and a sound-video installation.

The behaviour of plastic, by definition in Oxford dictionary, is to form and deform. Taking the definition of plastic in the broader sense, the performance while addressing the current climate issue brings focus on the plasticity in the human mind and psychology: how different fragments of information shape the human mind and the human psychology. Jaskaran stresses on the need to be aware of our own actions and thoughts, meanwhile keeping attention towards the representations in the world that have the power to influence our thoughts & actions. He suggests that while we are finding a solution to the “problem of plastic”, we also need to focus on finding a solution to direct the unnecessary information entering our mind. With this project he also brings attention towards divide and rule political strategy via the concepts of capitalism, media consumption, racism & political power models.>/div>

Artist’s Motivation


The work was initated as a result of playing with a plastic bag as a material and an interface. Fascinated by the materials usability Jaskaran researched on the different meanings of the word "plastic". He was informed about its presence in technological equipment, buildings, wires/cables, clinical equipment etc.
From this he inferred that we, as humans, are losing the ability to realize the facts involved with the material and even though we think that we did our job “right” by disposing the visible form of plastic off in the correct bin, it is still non-degradable and existing.
This ‘disposing off’ perspective in the use of plastic, and various others which are triggered by different stimulus we as individuals receive from our environment are shaping our minds in a certain way towards the mentioned theme. The variety of information coming from multiple representatives about plastic consumption and plastic banning, whether positive or negative, are forming and deforming our mind around the theme of plastic respectively. This mind game like the material plastic is also not visible to our naked eyes.

The use-abuse of plastic and the fluidity of the human mind both can be inter- and intra- related with the concept of object permanence by the Swiss psychologist Jean Piaget, which states the ability of a human child to realize that the object exists even when s/he cannot see it.
The behaviour of plastic, by definition in Oxford dictionary, is to form and deform. Taking the definition of plastic in the broader sense, the performance while addressing the current climate issue brings focus on the plasticity in the human mind and psychology: how different fragments of information shape the human mind and the human psychology. Jaskaran stresses on the need to be aware of our own actions and thoughts, meanwhile keeping attention towards the representations in the world that have the power to influence our thoughts & actions. He suggests that while we are finding a solution to the “problem of plastic”, we also need to focus on finding a solution to direct the unnecessary information entering our mind.

With this project he also brings attention towards divide and rule political strategy via the concepts of capitalism, media consumption, racism & political power models.




  • Photo Credit: Patricia Cadavid

  • Photo Credit: B. Ajay Sharma

  • Photo Credit: B. Ajay Sharma

Trailer Hibernating further performance




Performance(s) shown at


2021


2020

― Documentation at Online Performing arts Festival
- Angewandte Innovation Lab , Vienna
― Toxicity Festival at Chitkara University, Rajpura, India

2019
― DorfTV Studios with Live streaming, Linz
― UNTEN Club Linz




Trailer Hibernating performance





Credits


Concept,producer, choreographer, Stage Design, video installation, performing artist
Jaskaran Anand


Composer and Sound Artist
Steve J. Sutanto

Percussionist in India
RENU (Renu Hossain)

Sound PErformer in Maribor
Maja Lamovsek

Costume
Jaskaran Anand with Afra Sonmez

Documentation video in Linz 2019
Yazdan Zand & Stefan Fuchs, in collaboration with DorfTV

Broadcasted performance visual dramaturgy
Stefan Fuchs

Post production, video editing
Jaskaran Anand

PR
Jaskaran Anand, in collaboration with Interface Cultures and venues of performances

Supported by
Linz Impulse 2019, DorfTV Linz, and Art University Linz

Performance in India was supported by
Art University Linz, Bundeskanzleramt Austria via Philosophy Unbound Vienna and Department of Art & Design, Chitkara University, Rajpura, India.


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