Commissioned for Design Miami/Basel 2013 as the fourth in a series of experiments which investigates the making of objects through the performing arts, ‘ACTING THINGS – Material Flow’ by Berlin-based Judith Seng unveils the aesthetic, energetic and social dimensions of production processes.
“By looking at production as a dance, a play, a social ritual, ACTING THINGS explores means of making beyond efficiency and result orientation.” says Judith Seng. “Material Flow stages a poetic evolution of material, movement and objects over the course of Design Miami/ Basel – seven days, eight hours a day.”
Throughout the fair, dancers engage in a free-flowing dialogue with material to create objects that express a unique process of making and a continuous cycle of fabrication and dissolution triggered by a continuous flow of material. A series of objects are created each day to signify a complete cycle of production, only to be broken down the next day and translated into a different body of work, enabling new moments of creation again and again.
The dance portion of the experiment is developed through an evolving cooperation between dancer Barbara Berti and Judith Seng. ACTING THINGS IV is performed by Barbara Berti, Julian Weber and Team Studio Judith Seng.