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SYNSMASKINEN is a new performance-group established by the Danish artist Frans Jacobi, professor of performance and timebased art at Bergen Academy of Art and Design, KHiB.

As the inaguration of SYNSMASKINEN Jacobi will do a cover-version of the play TONIGHT:-), originally done in 1994 by the Norwegian theater-group BAKTRUPPEN in Hamburg, Frankfurt, Berlin and Bergen. By starting out with selecting a work by BAKTRUPPEN, the project SYNSMASKINEN connects to a specific Bergen tradition of group-performance.

TONIGHT:-) was described as a 'hyper textual lecture on industry, technology, time and memory on 350m2 synthetic carpets'. It now comes alive again as 'a hyper textual seminar on abstract machines on 106m2 genuine carpets'. In fact the new version is an attempt at establishing the play as an abstract machine in itself.

This first project constitutes the method of SYNSMASKINEN: A group of artists and thinkers are invited to collaborate on establishing an 'abstract machine'. This machine treats the contents at hand and produces a new performance. TONIGHT:-) is a collective machine including various text-passages, a lecture, live internet commentary feed, sound and movement.

In the original play two words were circulated throughout the performance as headlines: MINDSCAPE and FREUDLAND. These two headlines mark the territory: The public collectivity of the internet and the collective subconscious of the participants. In between these two - and in both - TONIGHT:-) develops as a "mixing of different kinds of identities in this mindscape that happens to be situated in Freudland, or the 'land of metaphorical psychoanalysis'.

MINDSCAPE: when you get your mindbox fixed on deathscape you should not be interactive.

This first version of SYNSMASKINEN consists of a group of artists and thinkers who will each add their functions to the overall machine of TONIGHT:-)

Swedish artist Kerstin Juhlin installs 106m2 carpets and produces a diagrammatic hyper-analysis of TONIGHT:-)

Austrian writer Gerald Raunig gives the lecture 'A Thousand Machines'.

Norwegian poet Terje Dragseth reads and sings from his machinic book 'Bella Blu'.

Norwegian artist-duo Undersentralen aka Kjersti Sundland/Anne Bang Steinsvik will improvise sound & video as interruptions and associations together with drummer Kjell-Olav Jørgensen.

Artist Cornelia Sollfrank is adding hyper-critical comments live from Dundee.

The norwegian actor Jone Slettebak will be reading 4 original texts from TONIGHT:-) as text and a group of 3 performers will translate these text into simultanious movement (Jacobi/Steinsland/Fivelstad).

Cecilia Gelin participates as the Artist/Researcher.

TONIGHT:-) will be performed on Friday May 23rd from 16-20.

Kerstin Juhlin, Gerald Raunig, Terje Dragseth, Undersentralen aka Kjersti Sundland/Anne Bang Steinsvik, Kjell-Olav Jørgensen, Cornelia Sollfrank, Jone Slettebak, Irene Steinsland, Sigrid Fivelstad, Cecilia Gelin and Frans Jacobi.

The following week Rom8 will act as an open research-lab of SYNSMASKINEN.

- an introduction by Frans Jacobi

- a dialogue between Margrethe K Brekke and Frans Jacobi set adrift by the film THE SOUND OF PLANTS FIGHTING FOR LIFE by Frederik & Frans Jacobi.

28.5. at 16.30: UNDERSENTRALEN
aka Kjersti Sundland/Anne Bang Steinsvik
- digging deeper into Tonight's footage.

29.5. at 16.30: INTRODUCING GOLD MAN
- performance by Frans Jacobi

30.5. at 16.30: THE LITTLE BEARS
- a cover version of another play by Baktruppen (1987).

Published: 5/9/2014 by Cecilia Gelin Updated: 3/19/2015 by admin