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Thursday
Oct182012

Laurie Young's Natural Habitat

Laurie Young just sent me this great trailer for her perfromance installation created in the Naturkundemuseum, Berlin.

Natural Habitat Trailer from Laurie Young on Vimeo.

Here's how Young describes the work:

"After looking back on the 200-year history of the Museum für Naturkunde (Berlin) and likewise into the history of science, the art project Natural Habitat ventures a look into the future. What could our world look like in 200 years? Amidst a post-apocalyptic, surreal desert landscape, a woman (Homo Sapiens) finds herself surrounded by survivors belonging to other species. Both as the observer and the observed, she interacts with the animals that surround her and the changing conditions of her habitat. In the form of a “cultural field study”, the participants take up scientific findings as inspiration. For this purpose the project uses a classical medium of communication techniques employed by the scientific museum: a life size Diorama is constructed, exhibited and brought to life. In this way, the visitor becomes the observer and recognizes him/herself as contributing to processes of change. Natural Habitat can be experienced as an installation as well as a sixty-five minute performance. English and German versions are available."

Reader Comments (1)

incredible work! The diorama as a vehicle to look at the future, an ethnographic perspective, modern dance moves, anachronistic costumes, driving music, cryptic narrative, spectators (do they end up as participants, too?)--I love all this layering of reliquary science!
November 10, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterStephanie Turner

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