Insight: inklingroom x Futur.Shock, performative approaches to the Lusus Naturae, δημοσίευση στο CLOT Magazine [9/2/2023]Marilena Pateraki
inklingroom, a London-based art platform and record label specialising in combining contemporary dance with underground electronic music, are the curators for the next Futur.Shock’s event on 23rd February. The monthly series, this season under the umbrella of the ‘Strange Attractor’ theme, continues with volume 2 after the winter break to explore and dissect the recent confrontation with futurity whilst helping us to understand more effectively and collectively the creative adaptability rate.
Inkilingroom, founded by choreographer and dancer Keity Pook and Michał Sobkiewicz, a curator, event promoter and DJ, will present Lusus naturae (‘freak of nature’). This concept shapes the idea of a monstrous yet opulent nature’s body and its potential of force. The event will explore the body and its entities’ dark sides, manipulating time and space while establishing new spiritual mythologies; a night is devoted to celebrating and moulding ‘the other’ through dance and sound, a delusion in the collective consciousness that might exist only in the future.
Inklingroom tell us that in terms of the form, this event is similar to their previous projects, yet, thanks to the support from Arts Council England or PRS, this time, they could make it more immersive and choose the artists that fit precisely in the theme. It is exciting to curate an event that adapts and responds to the existing theme of the Strange Attractor, something that we have been admiring as an audience. Programming and format of events by Futur.Shock are very similar to ours. Still, they can make it regularly at one of the city’s best nightclubs, our favourite dancefloor. This collaboration, they continue, is extra special because the idea of embedding art into the club spaces aligns really close with their vision of transforming clubs into hubs for innovation and creativity.
Going into more detail about inklingroom’s practice and what unique possibilities sound and performance offer them as artists, for them, it’s clear: sound and performance belong together; they intertwine, support and signify each other. Sound alone has this magical capability to change space and elevate bodily experiences; at the same time, it gives a frame to both – the performer to have their world to be in and the audience to feel supported for trusting their bodies to let go and dance. For both of them, they continue, being able to dance in a safe space is a vital life-basic necessity and curating a unique space for everyone to do so is their favourite artistic practice in collaboration. Our events focus on bringing these two disciplines together with the hope of creating a dialogue between them and two different types of audiences.
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