In an ongoing research Phenomeme (working title) Jan Rozman renders performative potentials of memetic* procedures.
Just as the looming ecological crisis and the modern versions of consumer capitalism that drive it degrade our immediate environment, we are flooded with digital images on our screens. We live in an uncertain world of global warming, wild conspiracy theories, harmful narratives and heavy-handedly ironic and often nihilistic viral online images in the form of internet memes. Is it possible to deal with the feeling of doom and the approaching apocalypse in any other way than by exchanging bizarre-humorous fragments of images and texts?
Phenomeme processes sticky digital images physically. In the hybrid stage piece, it combines movement, video, space and sound, and adds materiality to the flat images from the screens through the use of various media and plastics. It explores the relationship between the body and the digital image and expands the virtual spaces of in-betweenness; between organic, analog and digital, between digital garbage, between atmosphere, affect and feeling, at the intersection of image, body, experience and event, illusion, premonition and fact.
*The term meme was defined by biologist Richard Dawkins, who says a meme is any idea that is repeated and multiplied through variation and selection. The word meme is used to denote language, stories, knowledge, habits, patterns, and behaviors that are transmitted through imitation. Internet memes: combinations of viral Internet content copied and modified by Internet users are commonly known as memes, but the term and memes’ presence are much broader.
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Artistic direction and choreography: Jan Rozman
Implementation: Peter Frankl and Jan Rozman
Video: Miha Možina
Space design: Dan Pikalo
Music: Blaž Gracar
Graphic design: Sara Bezovšek
Costume design: Kiss the Future
Dramaturgy: Maša Radi Buh
Executive production: Sabrina Železnik
Co-production: Cankarjev dom
Co-production residency: O Espaço do Tempo (Portugal), DUM (Association of Artists)
Financial support: City of Ljubljana, Ministry of Culture RS
- , Projektni prostor DUM, Ljubljana, SI
- , O Espaço do Tempo, Montemor-o-Novo, PT