PHENOMEMEresearch, work in progress
Just as the looming ecological crisis and the contemporary versions of consumer capitalism that drive it are degrading our immediate environment, we are being overwhelmed by a flood of digital images on our screens. We live in an uncertain world of global warming, wild conspiracy theories, harmful narratives and heavy-ironic and often nihilistic viral online images. Is it possible to cope with the sense of doom and impending apocalypse other than by sharing bizarrely humorous fragments of images and texts?
Phenomeme is processing the sticky digital images bodily. In a hybrid stage work, the project combines movement, video, space and sound, adding tangibility to the flat images from screens. It explores the relationship between the body and the digital image and opens up virtual spaces of in-betweenness; between the organic, the analogue and the digital, between digital memetic garbage, between atmosphere, affect and sensation, at the intersection of image, body, experience and event, of illusion, premonition and fact.
Artistic direction and choreography: Jan Rozman
Performance: Peter Frankl and Jan Rozman
Video: Miha Možina
Set design: Dan Pikalo
Music: Blaž Gracar
Graphic design: Sara Bezovšek
Costume design: Kiss the Future
Dramaturgy: Maša Radi Buh
Executive production: Luka Zagoričnik
Co-production: Cankarjev dom
Co-production residency: O Espaço do Tempo (Portugal), DUM (Artists' Association)
Financial support: Municipality of Ljubljana, Ministry of Culture of the Republic of Slovenia