How do I make myself a body?
Is the body a machine?
Can I make myself a body without organs?
Is an egg a body?
Is the earth a body?
What is a body?
From: Google Search Queries of User #01123581321345589
‘The Reconstruction of User #01123581321345589’
Maybe we are not the real people and the real people are yet to come.
In ANTIBODIES, performance duo Boogaerdt/VanderSchoot plays with the question who we are as human beings in this post-pandemic era and who we should become afterwards. In the 1970s, the remains of the famous human ancestor were excavated: Lucy lived in East Africa at the time of the Pliocene, more than 3 million years ago. Lucy could not foresee what would become of mankind. No more than we can do now. From the self-doubt about our contemporary human appearance and the discomfort about the current role of the people on earth, ANTIBODIES looks back to today’s humans from a speculative future perspective.
ANTIBODIES is an archaeological ritual from a possible future, a futuristic seance in which Lucy 2.0 is summoned on the basis of her Google Search assignments from the year 2020.
ANTIBODIES is, just as Headroom and Botanical Wasteland, part of the Future Fossils series, a tentacular art project about digital creatures in a "non-human" era. Based on the idea that humanism is bankrupt, Boogaerdt/VanderSchoot investigates how the so-called post-humanism could suit us better. How can we grow towards a new version of humanity in which we also involve non-human life forms? The series questions what it means to make art in 'the non-human era', an era in which mankind is no longer the measure of things. From the central question: "If man is not the central object, then what is humanity?" Boogaerdt / VanderSchoot searches for the relevance of the theater in a new era.
medium Suzan Boogaerdt director Bianca van der Schoot music Wessel Schrik soprano Sterre Konijn scenography Marloes&Wikke video Rodrik Biersteker costumes Lotte Goos
Suzan Boogaerdt and Bianca van der Schoot have been working together ever since they graduated together from the Mime Department of the Amsterdam Theatre School in 1999. In 2016 Boogaerdt/VanderSchoot became key artistic associates of Theater Rotterdam, and since then they have been working in both Rotterdam and Berlin, where they co-create with Susanne Kennedy at the Volksbühne.
Boogaerdt/Vanderschoot creates expressive, physical, bold and highly visual theatrical installations which revolve around the struggles and challenges people face in today’s media-driven world. They look for the relevance of theatre in the 21th century, and focus on the development of new theatrical shapes and idioms that give space and meaning to our post humanity, and to the flexible and multiple identities that arise from it.
Since 2011 they have been working on a series of 'Visual Statements': theatrical representations of ‘la societé du spectacle’ and the role of image culture in our lives. Ours is a universe of representation, in which what is real actually slowly dies. With their Visual Statements-series, Boogaerdt and Van der Schoot are creating ground-breaking and troubling theatre of a special status in Dutch theatre. This series contains five performances: BIMBO, Small World, Spectacular performance, Hideous (wo)men (a co-operation with director Susanne Kennedy) and The Immortals. At the Venice Biennale 2017, they presented a selection of the series.
The artistic ongoing conversation with Susanne Kennedy was followed up after Hideous (wo)men by a radical adaptation of the Orpheus-legend, ORFEO, at the Ruhr Triennale in 2015, and in collaboration with Solistenensemble Kaleidoskop. They also made two productions together for the Volksbühne in Berlin: Women in Trouble (2017) and Coming Society (2019)
Starting in 2016, Boogaerdt/VanderSchoot made Freddie (2017), Headroom (2018, and in collaboration with Erik Whien), and Botanical Wasteland (2019)for Theater Rotterdam. Botanical Wasteland is the first part of the Future Fossils series, and a co-creation with Touki Delphine. That same year, they also performed at Oerol the tryptich The Infectious Event, consisting of the performances Botanical Wasteland, Walk of Things and Firebird. The following tour of Botanical Wasteland in 2020, was sold out nationwide.