The Warp presents Audio Visual Spatial Performances

The Warp Fallback: Eternal Returns III – Taxing Returns: Back to the Drawing Borders

November 26, Saturday, 8pm

At the Kunstkapel, Prinses Irenestraat 19

The third Fallback outing concentrates on works which witness the fracturing borderland between deeply internal experiences and an estranging outer world… the small crevices that open between these realms can suggest a mad repetition cycle in which every connection is simultaneously a disconnect… Where do we find the way through the apparent chasm?

The Blacklightmen perform Waking Up Inside My Skull

Jaap Pieters’ considers his Waking Up Inside my Skull, as a work in progress. It is composed of analogue slides simultaneously viewed in the round with six projectors. The work is largely composed of ‘Light & Dust’; shifting ‘Softly, as in a Morning Sunrise’ through the same spaces over & over again, thus setting Light (& Fire) to the endless new details, slowly gathered over the years. Pieters also incorporates the work of Bart Prinsen & Marnix Carpentier Alting with their dreamlike ‘Walks through the Nights’ of Antwerp, Budapest & Dublin. Pieters means to show these Night walks inside Jaap’s Skull. before the sunlight fades those dreams away…. The soundtrack is made up on field recordings made on the visualized site…

▷▷ Antti Uimonen performs Better Person (a) ?

This solo multimedia performance uses movement, text, video, and sound that communicate social phenomena around personal development and the self-help industry. The work presents characterizations and perspectives revolving around notions of an existential urgency to be better, more successful, prettier, and more handsome. It seeks to invite collective imagination and challenges audiences to their relationship with self-worth and the self-help industry. The work aims to consider the mechanisms of self-worth to evoke collective action without guilt or blame by framing the content within prescribed conditions. The sound design in collaboration with Dj TuhoJuho

▷▷▷ The Approximate Consort performs Adridged 4,0

Musicians Ada Rave and Alan Purves are featured in this dramatic comedy of domestic showdown with instruments and objects which continues the ongoing sequence of episodes developing incidental narrativity through the channel of Frank Bridge’s early composition Idylls for String Quartet which in turn inspired Benjamin Britten’s masterwork Variations on a Theme by Frank Bridge. This project will continue with new sections in 2023.

Tickets: 10 euros CASH at the door, student discount – 5 euro.


FALL BACK: ETERNAL RETURNS  October 21—December 12, 2022

The Autumn program of Audio Visual Spatial performances

For the Autumn program The Warp provides the counter balance for the Spring Ahead: The Afterlife program presented earlier this year with Fall Back: Eternal Returns. Just as we are prompted to remember to set the clocks forward by the command to Spring Ahead in the Autumn we know we must always fall back and set the clocks accordingly. For the Warp however, Fall Back means an attempt to return to an apparent new normalcy after the demise of the plans to transform the Kunstkapel into the Conservatory of Amsterdam but also as a reflection of the attempt to readjust after the extended Covid period that began in Spring 2020. With Fall Back: Eternal Returns we explore the recurring aspects that have characterized the work made in the Kunstkapel over the last ten year period.

The concept of the Eternal Return has been with us since Greek Antiquity when the stoics postulated that history was doomed to repeat itself infinitely since the universe and its concomitant energy is recurring. Nietzsche later transforms this into a thought experiment which questions what we would do faced with the information that we could be doomed to repeat ourselves. Nietzsche later had Zarathustra proclaim:

All things are entangled, ensnared, enamored; if you ever wanted one thing twice, if you ever said, ‘You please me, happiness! Abide, moment!’ then you wanted all back … For all joy wants—eternity.

The actual physical reality of the Kunstkapel which we have treated alternately as an instrument, a vessel, a container, a space station, a space of contemplation, a place of madness and at last a place of recovery, is the site of eternal returns and its circular immersive quality provides the perfect object correlative for this proposition. The Autumn program will consist of the regular Audio Visual Spatial spectrum programs that usually combine three performances in a single evening, several ongoing workshops which will produce individual evenings for stand alone performances as well as club nights that create a different context to present a dynamic environment for more impromptu or informal performances.