Alpha-ville returns with a special edition of its LIVE series featuring for the first time in London the emotionally intense multimedia creations of award winning Montréal-based artist Herman Kolgen. Alpha-ville LIVE presents a double bill programme with Kolgen’s most impressive audiovisual performances Inject and Dust at Kings Place, London.
A human body is injected in a cistern. Over the course of 45 minutes, the pressure of the liquid exerts upon him multiple neurosensorial transformations. From his epidermal fiber to his nervous system, he reacts to influxes of viscosity in this liquid chamber. His cortex, lacking oxygen, gradually loses all notions of the real. Like a human guinea pig: a matter-body whose psychological states are the object of kinetik tableaux, of singular temporal spaces.
The genesis of the principal visual material for this project was a shoot, in an immense cistern filled with water, which lasted six consecutive days. Yso had to be immersed for over eight hours a day in the glass tank, oscillating between weightlessness and lack of oxygen. With the aid of various digital video recording and photographic systems kolgen assembled many series of temporal sequences, images that he then assembled into a flexible and modular body. It’s a matter of a narrative progression, in perpetual circles of influence and movement, where the real is in dislocation.
Inject is a modular performance in video hd format and multichannel audio.